Nurses Are Raising Red Flags About Hospitals’ Coronavirus Response


The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion has reported that some nurses at the hospital in Washington state where at least seven people have died from the virus have not received instruc­tions on what to do after learning they had been exposed to COVID-19 patients. One nurse at Evergreen­Health in Kirkland, speaking to a Washington radio station, said she was 100 percent certain” she came into contact with the virus yet had been told to report to work as long as she wasn’t experi­encing fever, cough, or other symptoms. (In a state­ment to the station, the hospital said it was commu­ni­cating its proto­cols to employees regularly” and estab­lishing systems for notifying employees who had possibly been exposed.)

I don’t under­stand why Evergreen isn’t protecting their own staff,” the nurse told KUOW. As of Tuesday, she was still working.


MOTHER JONES: Nurses Are Raising Red Flags About Hospitals’ Coronavirus Response (3/5/20)