As coronavirus cases near 83,000 across D.C., Maryland and Virginia, hospital workers say they’re facing hazardous conditions at work and are calling for increased pay and more personal protective gear while they take on the pandemic. “Every day I wake up when I have to go to work, and you feel a little jittery,” nurse Debra Washington says. She works at United Medical Center in Southeast D.C., the District’s only public hospital, and the only one east of the Anacostia River. Washington has worked at the hospital for more than 30 years. But like health care workers treating coronavirus patients across the country, she says her work days are full of unprecedented fears and stresses. Washington and 146 other nurses at UMC sent a formal petition to the hospital’s management calling for hazard pay last week...read more here
- by Margaret Bathel and Jenny Gathright on DCist
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