This happened at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, which is part of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).
The new mom started showing symptoms of COVID-19 soon after giving birth, Democrat & Chronicle reported for the first time. It was then that the father guessed.
“The patient and her partner stayed in a private maternity unit throughout their hospital stay,” said Chip Partner, spokesperson for the URMC. “The mother and her partner were isolated from the other patients.”
When the new mother started showing symptoms, hospital staff learned that the father had not only been exposed to COVID-19, but that he was also symptomatic, said Partner.
The hospital informed staff who contacted the couple about the situation and took health precautions, he noted. One of the hospital workers developed symptoms and was quarantined at home, but his COVID-19 test was negative.
As for the couple and the newborn, they were asked to self-quarantine until their test results came back, and they left the hospital.
New York has by far seen the most cases of coronavirus among all states with over 75,000 cases. Rochester is more than 300 miles northwest of New York, which has more than half of the state’s cases.
“We have continuously adjusted our procedures and safeguards during this rapidly evolving public health threat,” URMC spokesperson Barbara Ficarra told Fox News.
On Friday, the hospital announced new visiting rules for its obstetrics units, eliminating most hospital visits.
Now only one visitor is allowed at birth and throughout the postpartum period leading to discharge from the hospital, according to the new guidelines.
The visitor will be checked on arrival and his temperature will be taken. Anyone with symptoms of the coronavirus type will be discharged from maternity. But even after successful initial screening, the visitor will be seen twice a day throughout their stay in the hospital. And the visitor is not allowed to leave the patient’s side – not even for smoking – during the stay.
“We recommend that you use technology to stay in touch with other friends and family during this special time,” said the hospital, noting that it would work with patients whose loved ones do not have access to. these devices. “We will return to regular visiting practices as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.”
The hospital also announced that the mask will be worn on Monday for all healthcare providers, hospital staff and visitors to the facility.