CHICAGO (CBS) — An Oswego woman has been charged with aggravated battery, after police say she claimed to have tested positive for COVID-19 and spat in a nurse’s face at a hospital in Aurora.
Aurora police said, shortly after midnight on Monday, officers responded to AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center to assist security.READ MORE: 'Don't Test Us': Chicago's Mayor Lightfoot On Plans After Chauvin Verdict
Police said 33-year-old Cynthia Meyers had checked herself into the hospital earlier for trouble breathing, and said she had tested positive for the virus. She was being given medical treatment, but later decided she wanted to leave.READ MORE: Derek Chauvin Verdict: U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, Other Illinois Congress Members Weigh In; 'An Important First Acknowledgment Of Illegal Police Conduct'
When a nurse told Meyers she needed to sign discharge papers before she could leave, Meyers refused, lunged at the nurse, spat in her face, and walked out of the hospital, according to police.MORE NEWS: Mayor Lightfoot Says Justice Has Been Served As Derek Chauvin Is Convicted On All Counts In Death Of George Floyd
Meyers was still at the hospital when police arrived. She was arrested and has been charged with one felony count of aggravated battery. According to Kane County court records, she was released on a personal recognizance bond, meaning she didn’t have to post bail, and is due back in court on June 17.