Both De Pace and his girlfriend's body were tested for the virus -- and came back negative.
When police found him, De Pace had already attempted to take his own life by slitting his wrists. He was rushed to the already-beleaguered hospital, where his late girlfriend's colleagues managed to save his life.
The University of Messina, where Quaranta was studying to become a doctor, said it hoped to bestow a posthumous degree.
Italy is one of the hardest hit countries in the world by COVID-19. Reported cases have passed 110,000, while 13,155 have died; that's 218 deaths per million population, the highest rate of coronavirus fatalities in the world.