The situation highlights the hard situations faced by hospitals and patients in the age of COVID-19. When questioned beforehand by hospital staff, he said he was in good health and hadn't been in contact with anyone who had the virus.
UR Medicine did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Tuesday, but Chip Partner, a spokesman for the medical center, told the Democrat and Chronicle he would not speculate as to why the symptomatic man did not tell the hospital he had been exposed to the coronavirus.More news: Coronavirus death toll exceeds 3000 in France
In this particular case, maternity staff were informed that they could have possibly been exposed, but were allowed to work as long as they continued to be asymptomatic, which was monitored by temperature checks throughout shifts. UR Medicine said no staff members who worked with the couple inside their private maternity room had tested positive.
Privacy laws prevented Partner from disclosing whether the mother, father or newborn actually developed COVID-19. That staffer tested negative for the new disease.
"The families and patients of the upstate NY region should be assured that the safety of our patients and their families, as well as our staff, are our top priority during this crisis". "We will continue to weigh all the medical evidence available to continue to make the best possible decision for all our patients, visitors, and staff".
Only one support person for pregnant women is allowed to be present in one of the few exceptions to a policy preventing visitors at the hospital.More news: Wimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
Following this grand display of selfishness, the University of Rochester healthcare system decided that all workers and visitors must wear protective masks.
Hospital officials say they have enough masks on hand to last two to four weeks.
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