Rochester, NY – A man hid his coronavirus symptoms so he could go to a hospital and join his expectant wife in the maternity ward.
The man admitted he was ill but only after his wife was showing symptoms of the coronavirus after giving birth, WROC reported.
After the incident, the University of Rochester Medicine and Rochester Regional Health mandated that all medical providers, staff, and visitors in all hospitals would have to wear a surgical mask at all times, according to WROC. Patients would not have to wear a mask unless they had coronavirus symptoms.
USA Today reported that the surgical mask mandate was not related to the man hiding his symptoms.
The University of Rochester Medicine began blocking most visitors two weeks ago in hopes of preventing the coronavirus from spreading.
The hospital’s exception to that rule included parents who had a child hospitalized; a person who has a family member near the end of life and one spouse or partner to assist a woman giving birth, USA Today reported.
Visitors were asked if they had been around anyone who might have the coronavirus and if they were in good health. If the visitors said all was fine, they were allowed in, USA Today reported.
“It was purely an honor system before,” said UR Medicine spokesman Chip Partner, according to USA Today. “Now we’re adding the temperature check.”
The new policy is that visitors are checked for fever and then again every 12 hours the visitors remains in the hospital.
The state of New York had by far the most confirmed cases of the coronavirus through March.