The Metro Washington Council’s Health Committee on Monday called on the DC Department of Health to intensify contact tracing for frontline healthcare workers who have been exposed to COVID-19.
“If the District of Columbia is going to ‘flatten the curve,’ we must put in place a robust process of notifying potential asymptomatic carriers of the virus,” said committee Chair Djawa Hall of 1199 SEIU United Heathcare Workers East.
In a letter to the DC Department of Health, the Metro Council’s committee demanded new guidelines for hospitals, community-based health organizations, and long term care facilities, which would require them to implement in-house contact tracing epidemiology programs, create guidelines for notifying workers within 48 hours when a patient or employee tests positive for coronavirus, and reinstate furloughed workers and train them to fill critical contact tracer positions.
“Frontline workers,” said Hall, “cannot and should not be expected to unknowingly put their lives on the line, without being able to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families.“
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1894, Coxey’s Army of 500 unemployed civil war veterans reached Washington, DC.
Today’s labor quote is by a top ER doctor in Manhattan, who committed suicide this weekend, after describing horrific scenes from the Coronavirus crisis to her family. "She tried to do her job, and it killed her," her father said.
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