He traveled to a hospital to set up its new computer system. Three weeks later, he died there. – NBC News

He traveled to a hospital to set up its new computer system. Three weeks later, he died there. – NBC News

Chad Capule wasn’t a patient when he showed up at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He was there to install a new computer system. Then he started feeling ill.

Capule, 49, an IT manager whose only underlying condition was hypertension, tested positive for the coronavirus and was intubated a week after he’d set up the new system. He died there two weeks later.

Capule’s family believes he would have survived had he been tested for the coronavirus sooner. He also fell victim to another cruel trick of the virus — he started to feel better right before he turned for the worse.

Hours after he was finally tested and found out that he was positive, Capule wrote an email to his friends and family, striking an encouraging tone.

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“This was somewhat frightening, but am very low risk and not in mortal danger,” he wrote in the email, which his wife, Anne Starkweather, shared with NBC News.

“I want to assure everyone that the primary symptoms have subsided and I am well on the road to recovery and expect to be back by this weekend in DC,” Capule wrote March 11.

Chad Capule.Family photo

Instead, Capule returned home in an urn.

“I rode with his ashes in a car for 14 hours,” Starkweather said. She had traveled to Wisconsin to be with her sick husband but ended up also testing positive
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