The home front: Virus stalks nurses after they leave work (Associated Press)

Associated Press: The home front: Virus stalks nurses after they leave work. “There’s red tape running along the floor of the coronavirus unit at St. Jude’s Medical Center in Fullerton, California. It’s a clear line of demarcation. On one side, the cold zone, where only a surgical mask, scrubs and shoe coverings are necessary. On the other, the warm zone, where the gloves come on. And the N95 mask. And the gown. And the hairnet. And the face shield. Another step through glass doors and it’s into the hot zone, where coughing patients in green-patterned gowns await. It’s outside this unit, in an area not marked by red tape or glass doors, that worries the nurses of ‘4 North’ most.”

Philadelphia Tribune: Over 900 health care workers have died from coronavirus. A new database tells their stories

Philadelphia Tribune: Over 900 health care workers have died from coronavirus. A new database tells their stories. “Of the nearly 165,000 Americans who’ve died from the coronavirus, at least 900 reportedly were health care workers. Now, the life stories of frontline physicians, nurses, clinical support staff and cleaners are being compiled in a new interactive database from Kaiser Health News and the Guardian US.”

Houston Chronicle: ‘I’m just so, so tired’

Houston Chronicle: ‘I’m just so, so tired’. “As a nurse, LaTonya Rafe has developed a sense of knowing when death is closing in. She felt it the moment she walked into the room of one of her favorite COVID-19 patients, the one she was sure would beat the virus overtaking her small Houston hospital. Not him, too, she thought. The team at United Memorial Medical Center rushed in to try to save the Hispanic man in his 60s as his blood pressure dropped. Their hospital is ground zero in Acres Homes, one of the city’s hardest-hit neigbhorhoods. Rafe speaks no Spanish, her patient spoke no English. She worried he would be frightened, so she scrolled through her phone to find Spanish-language ballads on YouTube to calm him. She stroked his hand because no family was there.”

CNN: 5,000 health care professionals call on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue a state-wide mask mandate

CNN: 5,000 health care professionals call on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue a state-wide mask mandate. “With 432,747 confirmed coronavirus cases, Florida is now at the center of the US Covid-19 outbreak, prompting a union for one of the state’s largest healthcare systems to seek a mask order. Florida is second only to California in confirmed cases, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. So to help curb the spread of the virus, the Jackson Health employee union representing more than 5,000 nurses, physicians and health care professionals is demanding that Gov. Ron DeSantis issue a state-wide mask mandate, according to a news release issued by the group.”

WUSF: After Private Party, At Least 17 UF Health Anesthesiologist Residents Contract Coronavirus

WUSF: After Private Party, At Least 17 UF Health Anesthesiologist Residents Contract Coronavirus. “At least 17 anesthesiologist residents and a fellow at one of the premier university hospital systems in Florida contracted COVID-19 earlier this month after attending a private party together, according to hospital insiders and internal documents.”

Washington Post: Houston, Miami, other cities face mounting health care worker shortages as infections climb

Washington Post: Houston, Miami, other cities face mounting health care worker shortages as infections climb. “Shortages of health care workers are worsening in Houston, Miami, Baton Rouge and other cities battling sustained covid-19 outbreaks, exhausting staffers and straining hospitals’ ability to cope with spiking cases. That need is especially dire for front-line nurses, respiratory therapists and others who play hands-on, bedside roles where one nurse is often required for each critically ill patient.”

AP: Virus hits frontline workers in taxed public health system

AP: Virus hits frontline workers in taxed public health system. “As a veteran public health worker, Chantee Mack knew the coronavirus could kill. She already faced health challenges and didn’t want to take any chances during the pandemic. So she asked — twice — for permission to work from home. She was deemed essential and told no. Eight weeks later, she was dead.”

Nurses call on Senate to protect frontline healthcare workers: 164 have died from COVID-19 (WJLA)

WJLA: Nurses call on Senate to protect frontline healthcare workers: 164 have died from COVID-19. “The National Nurses United (NNU) is holding a memorial Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. to honor the more than 160 nurses who have lost their lives from COVID-19 in the United States. NNU said they will place shoes outside of the United States Capitol to represent every nurse who has died. They will also be reading each of their names.”

UCSF study shows health workers grappling with pandemic anxiety: ‘It’s exhausting’ (San Francisco Chronicle)

San Francisco Chronicle: UCSF study shows health workers grappling with pandemic anxiety: ‘It’s exhausting’. “Dr. Robert Rodriguez’s anxiety rises and falls with the number of coronavirus cases and deaths. Fear that he could get infected at his San Francisco General Hospital job, or bring the virus home, affects his sleep. He doesn’t hug his 16-year-old son as much. Other worried family members avoid interacting with him. The stress isn’t sustainable, he said.”

Exclusive: Over 15,000 frontline workers tested positive for coronavirus in India (India Today)

India Today: Exclusive: Over 15,000 frontline workers tested positive for coronavirus in India. “The total number of frontline workers and health care staff who got affected by coronavirus stands at 15,200 in India, reveals unreleased government data accessed by India Today through sources. Sources said that of the total, more than 5000 are health care workers who have tested positive for Covid-19 while on duty.”

ProPublica: Hospitals Are Suddenly Short of Young Doctors — Because of Trump’s Visa Ban

ProPublica: Hospitals Are Suddenly Short of Young Doctors — Because of Trump’s Visa Ban. “As hospitals across the United States brace for a difficult six months — with the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic still raging and concerns about a second wave in the fall — some are acutely short-staffed because of an ill-timed change to immigration policy and its inconsistent implementation.”

WBAL: Therapy in Color helps connect Black Americans with therapists of color

WBAL: Therapy in Color helps connect Black Americans with therapists of color. “A new website is making it easier than ever for people of color to get specialized mental health help. From nationwide protests to the coronavirus pandemic, mental health issues are at an all-time high. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Black Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population.”

University of North Carolina: ‘Heroes Health’ mental wellness app launched by School of Medicine and UNC Health

University of North Carolina: ‘Heroes Health’ mental wellness app launched by School of Medicine and UNC Health. “The UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health have launched the Heroes Health Initiative to help support the mental health of first responders and health care workers during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The app is available through the App Store/Google Play Store in the United States, free of charge to first responders, health care workers and their organizations.”

The Guardian: New points-based tool could gauge Covid-19 risk for health workers

The Guardian: New points-based tool could gauge Covid-19 risk for health workers. “A new points-based checklist could help keep healthcare workers safe by offering a way to calculate their risk of severe illness or death from Covid-19, researchers have said, stressing its usefulness for workers of black, Asian and ethnic minority heritage.”