Police: Man reports intentional cough by coronavirus-positive woman as assault

An Oxford police report designated as felonious assault was taken by an officer who was told a coronavirus-positive woman had intentionally coughed on a man who questioned whether she should be returning to the residence she shared with his girlfriend.

An officer was dispatched to the police department around 10 a.m. May 10 on an online report of assault and followed up with a written report by the victim.

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The man said he was visiting his girlfriend’s house in the 100 block of South Main Street when her roommate returned there having been infected with the COVID-19 virus. The victim said he asked her about her symptoms and why she thought it was a good idea to return to the house. She reportedly became offended by the questions and deliberately coughed in his face, according to the report.

She was not named in the report because she had not yet been formally charged.

He said his girlfriend and other roommates could confirm his statement.

He said he was supposed to go home soon to assist in caring for his 90-year-old grandmother but would now be unable to do so because of the incident.

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