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Health workers filed more than 4,000 complaints about protective gear. Some still died

Health workers filed more than 4,000 complaints about protective gear. Some still died

ovid-19 cases were climbing at Michigan’s McLaren Flint hospital. So Roger Liddell, 64, who procured supplies for the hospital, asked for an N95 respirator for his own protection, since his work brought him into the same room as covid-positive patients.But the hospital denied his request, said Kelly Indish, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 875.On 30 March, Liddell posted on Facebook that he had worked the previous week in the critical care unit and the ICU – and now he had the virus. “Pray for me God is still in control,” he wrote. He died...

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Jun 30
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Workers Filed More Than 4,100 Complaints About Protective Gear. Some Still Died.

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

This story also ran on .COVID-19 cases were climbing at Michigan’s McLaren Flint hospital. So Roger Liddell, 64, who procured supplies for the hospital, asked for an N95 respirator for his own protection, since his work brought him into the same room as COVID-positive patients.But the hospital denied his request, said Kelly Indish, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 875.On March 30, Liddell posted on Facebook that he had worked the previous week in both the critical care unit and the ICU and had contracted the virus. “Pray for me God is still...

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Jun 30
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Exclusive: Nearly 600 — And Counting — US Health Workers Have Died Of COVID-19

Exclusive: Nearly 600 — And Counting — US Health Workers Have Died Of COVID-19

This story also ran on .Nearly 600 front-line health care workers appear to have died of COVID-19, according to Lost on the Frontline, a project launched by The Guardian and KHN that aims to count, verify and memorialize every health care worker who dies during the pandemic.The tally includes doctors, nurses and paramedics, as well as crucial health care support staff such as hospital janitors, administrators and nursing home workers, who have put their own lives at risk during the pandemic to help care for others. has now published the names and obituaries for more than 100 workers.A...

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Jun 6
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OSHA Probing Health Worker Deaths But Urges Inspectors To Spare The Penalties

OSHA Probing Health Worker Deaths But Urges Inspectors To Spare The Penalties

This story also ran on .The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has in recent weeks launched investigations into deaths of workers at 34 health care employers across the U.S., federal records show, but former agency officials warn that the agency has already signaled it will only cite and fine the most flagrant violators.Apr 22America’s health care workers are dying from the coronavirus pandemic. These are some of the first tragic cases.The investigations come as health care workers have aired on social media and to lawmakers about a , pressure to work while sick, and safety...

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Apr 22
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True Toll Of COVID-19 On U.S. Health Care Workers Unknown

True Toll Of COVID-19 On U.S. Health Care Workers Unknown

“” is a collaboration between The Guardian and KHN that aims to document the lives of health care workers in the U.S. who die from COVID-19.5:00 AM EDTAmerica’s health care workers are dying from the coronavirus pandemic. These are some of the first tragic cases.Do you know of a colleague or loved one who should be included in the “Lost On The Frontline” series? Please .The number of health care workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus is likely far higher than the reported tally of 9,200, and U.S. officials say they have no comprehensive way to count those who lose their lives...

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Apr 15
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Trump Administration Uses Wartime Powers To Be First In Line On Medical Supplies

Trump Administration Uses Wartime Powers To Be First In Line On Medical Supplies

This story also ran on .The Trump administration quietly invoked the Defense Production Act to force medical suppliers in Texas and Colorado to sell to it first — ahead of states, hospitals or foreign countries.It took this action more than a week before it announced Thursday that it would use the little-known aspect of the law to force 3M to fill its contract to the U.S. first. Firms face fines or jail time if they don’t comply.The Cold War-era law gives federal officials the power to edge out the competition and force contractors to provide supplies to them before filling orders for other...

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Apr 3
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