California Allows Covid Positive Hospital Staff to Continue Working

FILE – A nurse waits for a blood sample analysis in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the la Timone hospital in Marseille, southern France, Dec. 31, 2021. An unprecedented number of coronavirus infections is once again exposing the underfunding and shortcomings of public health care systems, even in developed parts of Europe. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File)

As coronavirus numbers skyrocket nationally hospitals are finding themselves short-staffed because of employees who are out with Covid-19. 

ABC News Correspondent Alex Stone tells Pat Thurston why California will allow asymptomatic Covid-19 positive healthcare workers to return to work immediately without testing or isolating.

The California Nurses Association and National Nurses United condemned the California Department of Public Health’s decision and demands that it be rescinded, which is in effect from January 8, 2022 until February 1, 2022.

“Gov. Newsom and our state’s public health leaders are putting the needs of healthcare corporations before the safety of patients and workers,” said Cathy Kennedy, RN, president of CNA. “We want to care for our patients and see them get better — not potentially infect them. If we get sick, who will be left to care for our patients and community?”

“We must protect patients and keep nurses healthy and safe on the front lines,” said Kennedy.

Nurses are not the only people facing dangerous situations amid the Omicron surge. United Educators of San Francisco President, Cassanda Curiel, talks to Pat Thurston about the Teacher’s Union wanting better COVID safety in the classroom.

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