Suburban mother reunites with a newborn boy after separation due to COVID-19 diagnoses

CHICAGO – A suburban couple was forced to spend ten days away from their newborn boy in the hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Jessica and Jesse Olesen spent Christmas at home in Cary, and two days later, baby Jay was born early in week 38.

Jay tested positive for COVID-19 after he was born. Both parents were then tested and Jessica was positive.

Hospital staff told Jessica she would have to walk and not see baby Jay for ten days.

The couple wanted Jessica and Jay to be able to isolate themselves together as they were both positive.

“It interrupted the care he was to be transferred to the continued evaluation of the neurological problem,” his parents said. “That was what really made us uncomfortable besides not being able to be with him or see him.”

The couple tried to argue that the CDC has recently shortened its quarantine guidelines from 10 days to five, but was told the hospital had their own policies.

On Monday, Jessica was able to see Jay again for the first time in ten days.

“I was right up there laying him down, he immediately started crying and I picked him up again, he stopped to know that he remembers me that the tape is there is still so comforting to watch,” Olesen said.

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