Local hospitals worry about staffing as U.S. reports another surge in COVID-19 cases


KOMO News received a state­ment on staffing level concerns from the Washington State Nurses Association.

We have already heard concerns from some of our members about staffing issues in their hospi­tals, and we’re still only at the begin­ning of the antic­i­pated winter surge. Some of the staffing issues are driven by COVID-19 outbreaks at hospi­tals like St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, where nurses are taking time off while waiting for test results. It is impor­tant to remember that nurses and other health care workers have been on the front lines of this crisis for over 8 months now. They are exhausted. Many have used up their paid time off to cover furloughs and illness, including from contracting COVID-19 themselves. It is critical that we support nurses and other health care workers with proper PPE, timely testing, rapid notifi­ca­tion and paid leave for both awaiting test results and quaran­tine so that they are able to take care of patients through this surge.”


KOMO: Local hospitals worry about staffing as U.S. reports another surge in COVID-19 cases (11/12/20)