1/8 to 2/1, COVID-19 positive asymptomatic healthcare workers can “work immediately” w/o testing or quarantine. pic.twitter.com/Ndj2E6A65T California @NationalNurses President @zenei_cortez spoke w me about new guidelines released today by CA Dept. of Public Health. — Stephanie Lin (@StephanieLinTV) January 9, 2022
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“It’s a major disaster waiting to happen,” said Zenei Triunfo-Cortez, president of the California Nurses Association. “I think it’s callous and it’s putting our patients and ourselves in grave danger.”
“A major disaster waiting to happen.” The latest rules go on to say that health care providers who have been “exposed and asymptomatic may return to work immediately without quarantine and without testing.” However, an N-95 respirator must be worn.
“When you step into an ER or walk through the ICU, people are getting that déjà vu,” he added. “The state might be compromising workplace safety precautions at a time when we should be supporting health care workers.” Several local hospitals, including UC Davis, experienced an uptick in patients checking in with COVID symptoms following the holiday break. Medical experts are warning omicron cases could peak in a matter of days. Anderson said the energy at the hospital now is reminiscent of the pressure he felt when the pandemic first began in 2020.
“It’s scary,” said Dennis Anderson, who works at Dignity Health in Folsom. “The thought that we could be transmitting COVID-19 to the people we care for every day.” The new rules go in place starting Saturday and continue through Feb. 1.
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