Local Woman Says Atrium Health Care Worker Told Her Coronavirus Is “Overblown Hype”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A local woman who is now recovering from COVID-19 is speaking out, after she says a physician’s assistant declined to test her for the virus, and told her it was all “overblown media hype.”

It allegedly happened at the Carolinas HealthCare Urgent Care in the Arboretum about three weeks ago. The woman, who doesn’t want to be named, says she had a fever, sore throat, a cough, shortness of breath and extreme fatigue and asked to be tested for coronavirus. She says the PA who saw her told her this: “He said you know this is all just really, this is so overblown, the media is making this such a bigger thing than it needs to be. It’s really no worse than the flu.” She says he also said, “‘I don’t even know why they’re making us wear these masks.’ And he didn’t have on his mask, and he said I could take my mask off, so I did.”

The woman says the PA refused to test her for coronavirus. She had someone else test her a few days later. She was positive. She has since contacted the urgent care and told them what the PA said to her. She says she has also filed a complaint with the NC Medical Board. WCCB has asked Atrium repeatedly for comment, and have not heard back.