Officials at the University of Rochester medical center said Tuesday they found out after the woman had symptoms of COVID-19.
According to hospital officials, medical staff learned that the man was exposed to the new coronavirus and was symptomatic after his wife fell ill while at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Following last week’s incident, the patient and contact staff were informed of a possible exposure.
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“The couple and their baby have been quarantined, pending test results, to protect the community and have been released from the hospital,” hospital officials said in the statement.
Throughout their stay in the hospital, they were both isolated from the other patients in a private room. The symptomless staff continued to work under a mask, monitoring COVID-19 symptoms and having their temperature checked twice a day.
So far, no staff member has tested positive for the virus. One of them developed symptoms and was quarantined at home, but his COVID-19 test was negative.
Due to privacy laws, it is unknown whether the father, mother or baby tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Democrat and the Chronicle, the newspaper which first broke history. A hospital spokesperson told the store that he would not speculate as to why the husband did not reveal his symptoms.
Hospital officials said they had adjusted visitor restrictions and patient care protocols to “maximize the safety of patients and staff.” Among them, all providers, staff and visitors must now wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo updated his hospital safety guidelines over the weekend so that pregnant women don’t have to give birth alone. Partners can now accompany them to the delivery room.