Doctors, hospitals urge Inslee to restart elective procedures as COVID-19 patient numbers decline


Short­ages of protec­tive equip­ment remain a concern for the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion (WSNA).

We’re still hearing stories from our members. They’re having to use masks for extended periods of time, some having to put masks in paper bags to reuse them,” said Sally Watkins, the execu­tive director of the WSNA. 

Watkins said nurses have been reusing dispos­able gear in these extra­or­di­nary times, but that the union remained worried about the practice and did not want to allow it to become normal­ized. Watkins added that testing capacity also needed to increase, so health care workers could be assured that patients receiving proce­dures were not positive for coronavirus.


THE SEATTLE TIMES: Doctors, hospitals urge Inslee to restart elective procedures as COVID-19 patient numbers decline (4/28/20)