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Healthcare Worker COVID-19 Deaths Surge and Could Even Be Higher According to Latest CDC Data – NPR

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More than 60,000 front-line healthcare workers have been infected with COVID-19 while more than 300 have died according to an NPR story on the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

What’s more disturbing is that the data doesn’t provide a complete picture of the coronavirus impact among front-line healthcare workers “because only 21% of the case reports sent to the CDC included information that could help identify the patient as a healthcare worker. Among known health care workers, there was also missing information about how many of those people actually died.”

Leaders of nursing unions tell NPR that they still don’t have the proper levels of personal protective equipment (PPE).

John Dalli, a partner in the law firm Dalli & Marino, LLP, says that is unacceptable.

“It is reprehensible at this point in this pandemic, that essential healthcare workers continue to risk their lives because their employers are not providing them with the proper protective equipment they need.”

He adds, “What’s worse is that Governor Cuomo has granted nursing homes immunity from liability for negligent care during this pandemic, putting patients and staff at even greater risk. Nursing home owners cannot be held legally responsible for negligence under Cuomo’s immunity clause .”

Read the full story here.

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