A newborn baby girl was placed in isolation at an Alabama hospital — because one of the nurses there tested positive for COVID-19, her concerned dad said this week.

Mississippi dad Brandon Waltman told CNN that his daughter Emmarie Grace has been in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of South Alabama Women’s Hospital — about an hour from home — for the past month.

When he went to visit Emmarie on Monday night, he was told she was placed in isolation, he said.

“The NICU nurse manager told me that they had just been given information that a nurse that had been taking care of my daughter within the past 2 weeks had tested positive for coronavirus and, as a precaution, they were going to isolate every baby that she had come in contact with,” Waltman told NBC 15.

In a statement, USA Health, which operates the hospital, confirmed that “an employee has tested positive for Covid-19,” but did not specify in which department.

“USA Health continues to implement all state and national guidelines to ensure we protect our patients, providers and staff,” Gary Mans, an associate vice president for marketing and communications at USA Health, said in a statement provided to CNN.

Emmarie was born Feb. 20 and needed to spend time in the NICU for issues associated with feeding, her father told CNN. As news about the COVID-19 outbreak circulated, Waltman said, he and his wife discussed the likelihood of exposure.

“I felt like it was inevitable,” he told the network.

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The parents are now only allowed to visit Emmarie one at a time in a low-pressure room to prevent any potential spread of the infection, according to the report.

“It’s rough,” Waltman told the outlet. “But today is about pushing so some of this doesn’t happen again to her or God forbid anybody else.”

During his daughter’s time in the NICU, he said, some doctors and nurses have consistently worn masks and gloves, while others wear them less frequently.

“Yes we are upset that Emmarie is facing this virus, but we are way more upset about the lack of procedures and safeguards that have been setup in order to keep not only our daughter, but other children and hospital staff safe as well,” Waltman posted to Twitter Tuesday night.

Waltman said he is eager to bring his daughter home so the family can quarantine together.

She was tested Tuesday and the family is waiting for results, according to NBC 15.

“Right now she is asymptomatic,” Waltman told the outlet Tuesday. “She is not coughing. She’s not sneezing. She is OK and I honestly don’t expect a positive test for her to come this morning, but that doesn’t mean tomorrow she is not.”