A disagreement over masking requirements at San Ramon Regional Medical Center escalated into an alleged shoving match and a criminal citation for a 27-year-old Pittsburg woman at the hospital to visit a family member being treated for COVID-19.
San Ramon police were called to the hospital at 10:51 a.m. after an extended family group of 15 arrived to visit a relative around noon Monday. Family members contested a nurse’s request to don masks prior to their visit, one of them allegedly grabbing and shoving a nurse when informed a visit would not be possible unless the family wore masks.
“During their time within the building, one of the visitors pushed a hospital staff member,” San Ramon Police Capt. Cary Goldberg confirmed. “A Citizen’s Arrest was made by that staff member and the visitor was issued a criminal citation for a violation of 243(a)PC (Battery).”
The hospital staffer involved in the incident was reportedly unhurt. It was not immediately known if the family’s wish to visit their relative was eventually accommodated or if they were asked to leave the premises.