New York Times: Grave Shortages of Protective Gear Flare Again as Covid Cases Surge

New York Times: Grave Shortages of Protective Gear Flare Again as Covid Cases Surge. “As coronavirus cases surge across the country, hospitals, nursing homes and private medical practices are facing a problem many had hoped would be resolved by now: a dire shortage of respirator masks, isolation gowns and disposable gloves that protect front-line medical workers from infection.”

AP: Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again

AP: Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again. “The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs.”

CNN: More than 1,400 Georgia healthcare workers sign letter asking governor for more coronavirus restrictions

CNN: More than 1,400 Georgia healthcare workers sign letter asking governor for more coronavirus restrictions. “More than 1,400 Georgia healthcare workers have petitioned the state’s governor asking that he impose further restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19. Georgia has seen the virus surge in the past week, with the number of new cases increasing by over 50%.”

Route Fifty: Workers Filed More Than 4,100 Complaints About Protective Gear. Some Still Died.

Route Fifty: Workers Filed More Than 4,100 Complaints About Protective Gear. Some Still Died.. “Since March, more than 4,100 COVID-related complaints regarding health care facilities have poured into the nation’s network of federal and state OSHA offices, which are tasked with protecting workers from harm on the job. A KHN investigation found that at least 35 health care workers died after OSHA received safety complaints about their workplaces. Yet by June 21, the agency had quietly closed almost all of those complaints, and none of them led to a citation or a fine.”

AP: Nurses, doctors feel strain as virus races through Arizona

AP: Nurses, doctors feel strain as virus races through Arizona. “They saw the ominous photos: Crowded hospitals, exhausted nurses, bodies piling up in morgues. It was far away, in New York, northern Italy and other distant places. Now, after three months of anxiously waiting and preparing, Arizona nurses and doctors are on the front lines as the coronavirus rips through the state, making it one of the world’s hot spots. The trickle of a few virus patients in March became a steady stream two weeks after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ended a stay-home order in mid-May and allowed most businesses to reopen, and is now a scourge with no end in sight.”

CNBC: Public health officials are facing political pressure, threats and armed protests as states push to reopen

CNBC: Public health officials are facing political pressure, threats and armed protests as states push to reopen. “In the battle against COVID-19, public health workers spread across states, cities and small towns make up an invisible army on the front lines. But that army, which has suffered neglect for decades, is under assault when it’s needed most. Officials who usually work behind the scenes managing tasks like immunizations and water quality inspections have found themselves center stage. Elected officials and members of the public who are frustrated with the lockdowns and safety restrictions have at times turned public health workers into politicized punching bags, battering them with countless angry calls and even physical threats.”

CNN: He was a Covid-19 patient. She cleaned his hospital room. Their unexpected bond saved his life.

CNN: He was a Covid-19 patient. She cleaned his hospital room. Their unexpected bond saved his life. “They are sometimes called ‘invisible’ workers, the custodians and housekeepers who clean and restock hospital rooms. But while we often don’t see them, they see us. Doctors, nurses and chaplains have rightly been hailed as heroes for their brave efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. [Chaplain Melinda] Plumley jokes that spiritual healers haven’t gotten this much press since the Reformation. But the work of hospital housekeepers has been just as vital, said Dr. Neil Prose, a pediatric dermatologist and professor at Duke University’s Global Health Institute.”

Kaiser Health News: Health Workers Resort To Etsy, Learning Chinese, Shady Deals To Find Safety Gear

Kaiser Health News: Health Workers Resort To Etsy, Learning Chinese, Shady Deals To Find Safety Gear. “A nursing home worker in New Jersey rendezvoused with ‘the parking lot guy’ to cut a deal for gowns. A director of safety-net clinics in Florida learned basic Chinese and waited outside past midnight for a truck to arrive with tens of thousands of masks. A cardiologist in South Carolina tried his luck with ‘shady characters’ to buy ingredients to blend his own hand sanitizer. The global pandemic has ordinary health care workers going to extremes in a desperate hunt for medical supplies.”

CNN: Nursing homes receive defective equipment as part of Trump administration supply initiative

CNN: Nursing homes receive defective equipment as part of Trump administration supply initiative. “Nursing homes with urgent needs for personal protective equipment say they’re getting gowns that look more like large tarps — with no holes for hands — and surgical masks that are paper-thin as part of the administration’s initiative to bolster supplies for vulnerable populations amid the pandemic.”

Daily Beast: Medical Workers Fighting COVID Say Cops Are Attacking Them

Daily Beast: Medical Workers Fighting COVID Say Cops Are Attacking Them. “Twenty minutes after leaving his job at a Brooklyn hospital on Saturday night, 32-year-old Rayne Valentine was lying in the fetal position on the sidewalk. He’d been beaten and kicked by New York police officers, his hospital ID smeared with his own blood, he told The Daily Beast. Valentine, a Marine veteran who worked as a chef before the pandemic hit the restaurant industry, got a job in March at Kings County Hospital Center. He has spent the past several months moving medicine and patients around the facility, as well as piling hundreds of dead bodies—many of them COVID-19 victims—into refrigerated morgue trucks.” Please note this story includes graphic images of blood.

Gotham Gazette: Front-Line Workers Must Prove They Contracted Coronavirus on the Job to Receive Workers’ Comp

Gotham Gazette: Front-Line Workers Must Prove They Contracted Coronavirus on the Job to Receive Workers’ Comp. “Infected front-line staff, from health-care workers to grocery store clerks, are being asked to prove they contracted the virus on the job in order to receive workers’ compensation and death benefits, union leaders and elected officials say. In some cases, insurance companies are asking nurses to identify which patient may have exposed them to the virus or when they had a breach of personal protective equipment, the officials said.”

Inside Intensive Care during the coronavirus pandemic: LBC Exclusive (LBC)

LBC: Inside Intensive Care during the coronavirus pandemic: LBC Exclusive. “Theo Usherwood visited an Intensive Care Unit to see the work coronavirus doctors are doing to save lives. Theo was in hospital for six days with Covid-19 and admits ‘it could have gone either way’ for a couple of days. He wanted to visit an ICU to see first-hand the remarkable work they are doing to treat patients with coronavirus. This is his documentary.”

World Health Organization: Launch of the WHO Academy and the WHO Info mobile applications

World Health Organization: Launch of the WHO Academy and the WHO Info mobile applications. “Today, the WHO Academy, World Health Organization’s lifelong learning centre, launched a mobile app designed to enable health workers to expand their life-saving skills to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. The app provides health workers with mobile access to a wealth of COVID-19 knowledge resources, developed by WHO, that include up-to-the-minute guidance, tools, training, and virtual workshops that will help them care for COVID-19 patients and protect themselves.”

Footwear News: Crocs Is Giving Away Free Shoes to Essential Workers — Here’s How to Get Them

Footwear News: Crocs Is Giving Away Free Shoes to Essential Workers — Here’s How to Get Them. “Through its ‘Free Pair for Healthcare’ initiative, Crocs has delivered tens of thousands of shoes at no cost to medical professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the clog-maker is expanding its relief efforts to include many other essential workers.”

AP: Counterfeit masks reaching frontline health workers in US

AP: Counterfeit masks reaching frontline health workers in US. “On a day when COVID-19 cases soared, healthcare supplies were scarce and an anguished doctor warned he was being sent to war without bullets, a cargo plane landed at the Los Angeles International Airport, supposedly loaded with the ammo doctors and nurses were begging for: some of the first N95 medical masks to reach the U.S. in almost six weeks…. But the shipment arriving that night in late March wasn’t going to solve the problem. An Associated Press investigation has found those masks were counterfeits — as are millions of medical masks, gloves, gowns and other supplies being used in hospitals across the country, putting lives at risk.”