Newborn Baby in Isolation at Alabama Hospital After NICU Nurse Tests Positive for COVID-19

“It’s rough. But today is about pushing so some of this doesn’t happen again to her or God forbid anybody else,” Brandon said.

Brandon said he hopes he can bring his daughter back home to Mississippi so that the family can quarantine together.

“With the times being like they are, we feel like we’re better left at home where we know who’s coming in contact with her,” he explained.

His daughter has yet to show any symptoms of the coronavirus but the hospital has not told Brandon when Emmarie can be released.

“I don’t think she’s going to test positive,” he added. “She’s one of the, probably the biggest and the healthiest babies in the NICU.”

As of Wednesday, the governors of 18 states have opted to place their entire state under a stay at home order. California was the first to do so, on March 19, and New York and Illinois followed the next day.

In the United States, there are at least 53,852 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States and 728 deaths, according to a New York Times database.

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