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Man being treated for COVID-19 spits on nurse, security officer at Wyandotte hospital

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Posted at 10:58 AM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 22:52:07-04

WYANDOTTE (WXYZ) — A man being treated for the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital allegedly spit on a nurse and security officer on purpose, police say.

The incident happened April 6 around 3:30 p.m.

The man allegedly became aggravated with staff after being advised by a nurse that he could not leave his room while being treated.

When the patient walked into the hallway against the nurse's orders, hospital security was called.

The man then became combative, and according to a report by The News Herald, he then said to the staff, "How do you like the COVID?" before spitting on the nurse and security officer.

No further details were released regarding whether or not the patient will be charged.

Henry Ford Health System released the below statement.

"The health and safety of our team members is our top priority. We have zero tolerance for any assaultive behavior that puts our team members in harm's way. We are working closely with our local law enforcement agency and questions should be directed to them."

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