Man Caught Hiding Coronavirus Symptoms To Visit Wife in Maternity Hospital
New York man puts lives at risk at hospital
A New York man suffering from coronavirus hid his symptoms in order to get access to the hospital's maternity ward as his wife gave birth last week, according to reports.
The incident happened at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, part of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).
After the man's visit, the new mom began showing symptoms of COVID-19 shortly after delivering, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.
The dad then confessed he had been hiding his symptoms to access the ward.
Chip Partner, a URMC spokesman, said of the incident:
“The patient in question and her partner were in a private maternity room throughout their hospital stay."
“Both the mother and partner were isolated from other patients.”
Hospital staff later learned that the father had not only been exposed to COVID-19, but he was also symptomatic, Partner said.
The hospital staff who came in to contact with the couple took health precautions.
Later, one of the hospital workers developed symptoms and was quarantined at home but then tested negative for COVID-19.
The couple was asked to self-quarantine until their test results came back, and they were discharged from the hospital.
New York is at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 75,000 cases.
Rochester is more than 300 miles northwest of New York City, which has more than half of the state’s cases.
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“We have been continually adjusting our procedures and safeguards during this rapidly evolving public health threat,” Barbara Ficarra, a URMC spokeswoman, told Fox News.
The hospital eliminated most hospital visits altogether after it announced its new rules on Friday.
Anyone with coronavirus-like symptoms will be turned away from the maternity ward.
But even after passing the initial screening, the visitor will be screened twice a day throughout the hospital stay.
And the visitor is not allowed to leave the patient’s side.
“We recommend utilizing technology to keep in touch with other friends and family during this special time,” the hospital said.
“We will return to regular visiting practices as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.”