A man who was exposed to the coronavirus hid that he was feeling ill so he could visit his wife in the maternity unit of an upstate New York hospital and be with her when she delivers their child.

According to NBC, the matter only came to light after his wife also began to show symptoms.

The hospital staff said that the man was questioned by the staff at the hospital before entering and he assured them that he was in good health and had not been exposed to the coronavirus. However, shortly after giving birth, the woman began to show symptoms.


“That’s when the significant other admitted his potential exposure and that he was feeling symptomatic,” said a hospital official, adding that they cannot share whether the mother, father or newborn child were infected with the coronavirus because of privacy laws. The mother has since returned home.

Meanwhile, a nurse who assisted the family was also tested for the virus and the results came back negative.

Many hospitals in New York are banning most visitors to help control the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

A hospital official said that before they would only ask visitors before allowing them inside, “but now we’re adding the temperature check.”

“Those with symptoms will be asked to leave the hospital. These screening measures will be completed twice daily throughout the hospitalization,” the hospital said, adding that the guest will not be allowed to leave the patient’s room without the patient.