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A Hamburg woman faces criminal charges after she removed her mask and deliberately coughed in the face of a nurse at a Tilden Township urgent care center because she disagreed with the center’s COVID-19 protocol, police said.

“Take that,” Jessica L. Saul, 41, said after some of her saliva sprayed the face and eyes of the registered nurse shortly after 8 a.m. on Nov. 10 at St. Luke’s Urgent Care on Dave's Way, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday by Tilden Township police.

Saul then left the building.

Saul was charged by summons with recklessly endangering another person, harassment and disorderly conduct.

According to police:

Saul entered the urgent care center and told an employee at the registration window of her symptoms. The unspecified symptoms triggered the center's COVID-19 protocol.

The employee told Saul to wait in her vehicle and someone would call her to come back in when they had a room ready for her.

Saul argued with the employee and refused to go outside.

A registered nurse heard the argument and came out into the lobby. She explained to Saul the procedures for patients with COVID-19 symptoms, but Saul continued to argue, demanding she be allowed to wait in the general waiting area.

Saul got within a few inches of the nurse, removed her  mask, coughed in the staffer’s face and left.

The staff called police who investigated and issued the summons.

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