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May 14, 2020

Health Law Daily

Some Hospital Workers Report They Have Not Been Notified Of Exposures To Co-Workers, Patients With COVID-19

  • May 14, 2020

Kaiser Health News (5/13, Gold, Hawryluk) reports that “from cafeteria staff to doctors and nurses, hospital workers around the country report frustrating failures by management to notify them when they have been exposed to co-workers or patients known to be infected with COVID-19.” There are “some medical centers” that “do carefully trace the close contacts of every infected patient and worker, alert them to the exposure and offer guidance on the next steps.” However, “others, by policy, do not personally follow up with health workers who unknowingly treated an infected patient or worked with a colleague who later tested positive for the virus.”