Springfield, Mass. — Reports out of Connecticut are that a doctor with UConn Health has been charged by University of Connecticut campus police with intentionally coughing on co-workers.
The doctor, Cory Edgar, was charged with a breach of the peace on Thursday, according to the Hartford Courant. He was issued a summons by police to appear in court.
He is accused of intentionally coughing on two other medical employees, and they believed “he was purposely disregarding space and safety concerns involving the coronavirus pandemic.”
A campus spokeswoman said the matter is under investigation.
Edgar is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UConn Health.
This is the latest in a number of incidents from around the country where people have been accused of willfully ignoring social-distancing guidelines and maliciously coughing, spitting or even licking.
A man in Chicago who was stopped for drunken driving was charged this week with aggravated battery after he coughed on two police officers and shouted: “Now you have the Corona!”
A Pennsylvania woman was arrested this week and charged with making terroristic threats after she coughed and spit on several items at a supermarket and shouted: “I have the virus and now you’re all going to get sick.” The store had to throw out more than $35,000 in food and groceries afterward.