April 20, 2024 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica Nurses Demand Masks

Santa Monica healthcare workers demand PPE

By Sam Catanzaro

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Santa Monica Monday but as county officials announce the death of three healthcare workers due to the virus, local nurses are demanding personal protective equipment.

On Monday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) reported that no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Santa Monica Monday. Over the weekend, four new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Santa Monica and on Tuesday four cases were confirmed, bringing the total number in the city to 96

Countywide, there have been 10,046 confirmed cases as of Monday and 360 deaths. According to Public health, of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 262 people. 34 percent of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 32 percent among White residents, 17 percent among Asian residents, 16 percent among African American residents and 2 percent among residents identifying with other races.

As of Tuesday, 2,517 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (25 percent of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.

On Monday, Public Health confirmed three people that died from COVID-19 worked in a healthcare setting. In addition, the county says that 787 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have occurred among healthcare workers.

According to the county, one-third of these cases are among nurses and nine percent among physicians. About 60 percent of these cases do not know or did not report how they were exposed. Public Health says, however, that 24 percent of workers in these categories reported that they were exposed to COVID-19 through contact with a patient or another healthcare worker.

As of Monday, healthcare workers who are have tested positive worked at 22 different settings across the County. While details about specific health care centers were not made available by the county, over the past week nurses picketed in front of both Providence St. John’s Health Center and UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica demanding personal protective equipment (PPE).

According to Bonnie Castillo, Executive Director of National Nurses United and of the California Nurses Association, three nurses at Providence St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica were told to enter patient rooms in the COVID-19 unit without N95 respirators. In a tweet, Castillo said that they were instructed to do so “even though there are plenty of respirators available. Even though physicians had advised them to only enter with the proper protection.”

The nurses were suspended for these actions, according to Castillo.

On Friday, over 50 union nurses showed to picket at St. John’s to demand PPE for nurses, the return of suspended nurses without discipline, transparency in PPE supply, N95s for all COVID-19 patients and paid leave for RNs who test positive for COVID-19.

Due to the mounting pressure from these nurses, St. John’s announced that the three nurses would return to work without discipline.

On Saturday, however, Castillo says the St. John’s suspended four additional nurses who asked for the appropriate PPE before caring for patients in the COVID-19 unit.

In addition, a petition circulating calls on St. John’s to provide frontline workers that need to isolate from their own families between shifts hotel rooms.

“Providence Saint John’s has been working to provide showers and changing stations for folks coming off their shift, and that is appreciated, but our healthcare workers should have access to lodging between shifts to mitigate the risk of spread to families and other high risk loved ones who aren’t able to properly isolate when they get home to a small apartment or home. We see hotels being offered as an option for workers at hospitals around LA County including USC, UCLA, and others, but haven’t seen it for Saint John’s workers,” wrote petition organizer Adam Smith, a Pre-Op/ICU nurse at Saint John’s. “While it would be incredibly difficult on our family, I would feel safer if between shifts of treating COVID19 patients, my wife had an option to stay somewhere else and not have to worry about bringing the virus home with her 3-4 times a week.”

The Santa Monica Mirror has reached out to St. John’s for comment but at the time of publishing have not received a response.

On Monday, union nurses picketed in front of UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica calling on UCLA Health to provide PPE for all healthcare workers there.

In a statement, UCLA Health told the Mirror that “Recognizing that the virus is transmitted through droplets generated by coughs and sneezes and contact with contaminated surfaces, our current guidelines call for staff to wear surgical face masks and eye protection when caring for all patients who may have COVID-19 Experts recommend reserving more stringent airborne precautions such as N95 masks and associated PPE for procedures that result in aerosolization of the virus – such as intubation – when caregivers are closer than six feet from the patient. These guidelines are aligned with the recommendations of World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

According to UCLA Health, the hospital is evaluating masking practices in consultation with the University of California’s academic health systems and experts at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

“UCLA Heath’s priority, at all times, is the safety of patients, nurses, physicians, and other staff,” UCLA Health said. “We are grateful for the dedication, courage and resilience of our nurses under such extraordinary circumstances.”

in News
Related Posts

Make Science Your Destination This Summer

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Destination Science is the fun science day camp for curious kids with over 15 STEM activities weekly, three science stations...

Prime Time Sports Camps Coming Soon

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Prime Time Sports Camp has remained a constant in the everchanging camp landscape for over 30 years by following this...

Groundlings Summer Improv Classes Open April 2

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

A summer of improvisation is around the corner at The Groundlings. Three months of summer class offerings for teens will...

Coming to Venice for 4/20? Visit your original cannabis locals! Specials! Live entertainment @4:20pm  Doors open at 10am!!

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Coming to Venice for 4/20? Visit your original cannabis locals! Specials! Live entertainment @4:20pm Doors open at 10am!! Free goodies!!...

Report: Video Game Mogul Lists Palisades Home for $9.2M

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Built in 2018, the Wood-Shingled Home Spans 7,000 Square Feet across Multiple Levels Dan Houser, the English video game magnate,...

Venice Kush Hosts “The Real Deal” Cannabis Celebration at the Beach

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

A Day of Education, Innovation, and Community at Venice Beach Venice Kush is gearing up to host its much-anticipated “The...

Get Jokerfied with The People’s Joker Director Vera Drew Interview; Now Playing at the Nuart Theatre

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Vera Drew on Crafting a Trans Supervillain and Creating Comedy Chaos By Dolores Quintana The People’s Joker is an explosive...

Join Jerry Rubin for the Earth Day Tree Hugging Gathering in Santa Monica

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Celebrate Mother Earth’s Splendor at the Iconic Moreton Bay Fig Tree Tree lovers, environmental enthusiasts, and advocates for Mother Earth...

Nicolas Cage Stars in Arcadian: A Bewitching Apocalypse

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

New Horror Film Delivers Solid Monster Movie Experience Arcadian is a new horror film starring Nicolas Cage (Dream Scenario, Mandy),...

SMC to Host Applied Music Showcase in May

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

Highlighted Students Set to Perform a Variety of Songs, Instrumental Solos, Ensemble Pieces, and Original Compositions Santa Monica College’s Music...

(Video) Award-Winning Pianist to Premiere “Rocket Man: A Live Orchestral Experience” in Santa Monica

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

Classic Songs Will Include “Crocodile Rock” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” @smmirrornews “Rocket Man” is coming soon to Santa Monica...

Agreement Between SMMUSD and Malibu Moves District Separation Efforts Forward

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

The Agreement Awaits Approval by Both the Malibu City Council and the Smmusd Board of Education The City of Malibu...

Michael’s Santa Monica Celebrates 45 Years with Culinary Extravaganza With Famous Chefs

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

Iconic Restaurant Hosts “Great Party!!” Benefitting No Kid Hungry Campaign  Michael’s Santa Monica is set to commemorate its 45th anniversary...

Los Angeles Times Presents Star-Studded Lineup for 29th Festival of Books This Weekend

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

Over 550 Writers and Celebrities to Grace USC Campus for Weekend Extravaganza The Los Angeles Times has a stellar lineup...

Girls Learn Self Defense at Empowerment Summer Camp for Girls

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

This summer, girls are invited to explore practical self defense training at SHIELD Women’s Self Defense’s 2024 Empowerment Summer Camp...