ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Strong Memorial Hospital officials say a man who was feeling sick attempted to obscure his symptoms so he could join his expectant wife in the hospital’s maternity ward.
The man admitted he was sick after his wife displayed COVID-19 symptoms after giving birth this past week, hospital officials say.
“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.”
The move is the latest of several actions local health systems have taken to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.
The universal masking is a preventative strategy to keep health care workers safe and slow down the Covid-19 cases in the area.
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.