Friday, October 30, 2020

Corona Virus Update 10/30

 The % positive looked better today (yesterday was 6.1%!)

The average for the the past 7 days was 3.0% positive though.
329 people are hospitalized statewide, a number we haven’t seen since June 7th.
We lost 39 people to Covid this week in Connecticut.

Thank you to those who have responded to my inquiry of how many members have contracted Covid-19. I understand that in most cases these are estimates. I would like to add to this list so please continue to update me and I’ll post from time to time.
Local 5123 L&M 49 members
UHP                  126 (includes all of UConn Farmington)
5149 Backus      25 (since 10/1) plus 10 non-union members
5051 L&M          4
5047 Danbury    2
5119 VNA          4
I know there are others

Please encourage friends to get their flu shots and let me know if you need surgical masks. 

Yesterday, Members of AFT RNs of local 5052 at Natchaug Hospital and members of SEIU 1199 held an informational picket to draw attention to the dangers they face from physical assault on the job and the Corona Virus. 

AFT and other unions sue OSHA for failing to protect healthcare workers

The AFT and several other unions that represent healthcare workers sued Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for unlawfully delaying rulemaking on an occupational standard to protect healthcare workers from infectious diseases transmitted by contact, droplets or air—like the flu, COVID-19 and Ebola. “Doctors, nurses, respiratory techs and other healthcare professionals have been treating COVID-19 patients for the better part of a year without basic workplace protections, including adequate PPE, robust testing and, most importantly, an infectious diseases standard that would require employers to establish a comprehensive infection control program to protect frontline workers who are facing daily exposure,” AFT President Randi Weingarten says.

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