A 53-year-old male with a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on home oxygen presented to the hospital with worsening shortness of breath plus cough. He was admitted to the intensive care unit for COPD exacerbation and respiratory failure. A routine evaluation was performed including a nasopharyngeal swab for a respiratory viral panel, which was negative. His symptoms improved over 48 hours at which time a surveillance test for SARS-CoV-2 returned as positive. After clinical improvement, he was discharged to home isolation.