Coronavirus: NY man with symptoms visited wife in maternity ward after birth, hospital says

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A New York man who was exposed to coronavirus and was feeling ill hid his symptoms so he could join his expectant wife in a hospital maternity ward, officials said.

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The man admitted he was sick after his wife had COVID-19 symptoms after giving birth last week at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, WROC reported.

The man confessed to masking his symptoms at that point, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

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“That’s when the significant other admitted his potential exposure and that he was feeling symptomatic,” hospital spokesman Chip Partner told the newspaper. “Now we’re adding the temperature check.”

“It was purely an honor system before,” Partner said. “Now we’re adding the temperature check.”

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University of Rochester Medicine and Rochester Regional Health officials said Tuesday universal masking procedures were put into effect after the incident, WROC reported.

Barbara Ficarra, a spokeswoman for UR Medicine, told NBC News that a nurse who assisted the family was tested for the virus and the results came back negative. The mother has returned home, Ficarra told the network.

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