California hospitals are suffering the effects of massive layoffs as they amend policies to allow COVID-19 health care workers to continue to report to work.
According to Breitbart News, this new mandate from the California Department of Public Health only applies to those who are not seeing symptoms of the virus.
The change in policy was made due to the lack of staff hospitals and other facilities have seen as hundreds, possibly thousands, of workers were suspended or fired due to not having received the COVID-19 vaccination.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported, “Faced with an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases across California, the state’s Department of Public Health now says that health care workers who test positive for the virus can remain on the job — at least through Feb. 1.
“The policy shift is prompted by the need to keep hospitals functioning during the current surge, the department said. Allowing infected health workers to continue their duties is needed ‘due to the critical staffing shortages currently being experienced across the health care continuum,’ according to the health department’s letter, posted online Saturday, to acute care and psychiatric hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.
“The loosened requirements apply only to health care workers who are asymptomatic, and they will need to wear N95 respirators rather than standard medical face masks.
“The department wants such workers to treat only patients who already have tested positive, the letter said, although it acknowledges that “this may not always be possible in settings such as the emergency department” where everyone’s infection status is not always known.”
Union representatives representing healthcare workers have voiced harsh criticism of the policy, despite previous support for California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s vaccine mandate on health care workers.
Newsom has called out the National Guard to assist with coronavirus testing as concern over the virus continues into it’s third year.