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California health care workers comprise almost 10 percent of state's COVID-19 cases


  • FILE PHOTO: Nurses gather to take a group photo with Early Bird Tacos staff outside the Emergency Room in San Francisco, Calif. on April 2, 2020. Early Bird Tacos is donating over 200 breakfast tacos and 120 cups of Equator coffee to feed workers in the Emergency and ICU departments at SF General Hospital.

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    FILE PHOTO: Nurses gather to take a group photo with Early Bird Tacos staff outside the Emergency Room in San Francisco, Calif. on April 2, 2020. Early Bird Tacos is donating over 200 breakfast tacos and 120

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    FILE PHOTO: Nurses gather to take a group photo with Early Bird Tacos staff outside the Emergency Room in San Francisco, Calif. on April 2, 2020. Early Bird Tacos is donating over 200 breakfast tacos and 120 cups of Equator coffee to feed workers in the Emergency and ICU departments at SF General Hospital.

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    FILE PHOTO: Nurses gather to take a group photo with Early Bird Tacos staff outside the Emergency Room in San Francisco, Calif. on April 2, 2020. Early Bird Tacos is donating over 200 breakfast tacos and 120

    ... more Photo: Douglas Zimmerman/SFGate

    California health care workers comprise almost 10 percent of state's COVID-19 cases

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    The California Department of Public Health provided new data on the state's positive COVID-19 tests on Wednesday, and provided the striking piece of information that health care workers make up nearly 10 percent of the state's confirmed cases.

    At the time of the report's publication, there were 16,957 confirmed cases in the state, and 1,651 involved health care workers. However, just 299 of health workers were known to have acquired the virus in a "health setting," while 462 were exposed via travel, close contacts, or community transmission, and a whopping 890 cases are of unknown origin.

    "Since COVID-19 is moving rapidly within the community, health care workers now appear just as likely, if not more so, to become infected by COVID-19 outside the workplace," the report states.

    The report did not give any additional information on which workers are seeing higher infection rates.

    "This larger number, which includes both occupational and non-occupational exposures, is important because it shows the overall impact of COVID-19 on the health care workforce," the authors of the report write. "Regardless of the source of exposure, an infected health care worker needs to isolate from the workforce to prevent risk of infection to colleagues and the patients they serve."

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    Eric Ting is an SFGATE digital reporter. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting


    Source: California health care workers comprise almost 10 percent of state's COVID-19 cases

    Omaha man donates handmade face shields to health care workers


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    OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Across the nation, health care workers on the front lines are experiencing a shortage of personal protection equipment.

    It's no different here in Omaha. Methodist Hospital says they're also experiencing the shortage.

    Now, one metro man is going above and beyond to make sure our health care workers are protected during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Meet Tracy Weaver.

    He owns a business called Recovery Room Hot Rod Interiors. You can usually find him customizing hot rods. But today, he's delivering hundreds of face shields he's been making over the past week for those on the front lines.

    Tracy Weaver, Recovery Room Hot Rod Interiors said, "My kids, my wife, a couple of neighbors have come over to help, they've all volunteered their time to come package and clean everything and put all the pieces together."

    He sent a prototype of these face shields over to leaders at Methodist. Once they approved, he got to work.

    The face shields come wrapped up in three separate pieces. Weaver says he wanted to make sure they were easy to put together without any tools.

    Officials at Methodist say this donation is needed now more than ever.

    Michelle Olmo at Methodist said, “oh my gosh. We really need those. It's one of the critical things that we need, the N95 masks that everybody is talking about but they also need the face shields."

    Now over 500 nurses and doctors have these face shields. Weaver says he designed them to be easy to clean and reusable.

    He also created these ear protectors to help lessen the pain of wearing two masks all health care workers here are required to wear.

    "I've seen what these nurses do first hand and what they have to deal with. So, whatever we can do to help, I just thought this is my opportunity to try and do it," said Weaver.


    Source: Omaha man donates handmade face shields to health care workers

    Costco gives health workers, first responders priority access


    Costco on Wednesday updated its coronavirus priority policies to give priority store access to healthcare workers and first responders. 

    “Costco is temporarily allowing priority access to our warehouses for Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders such as police officers, EMTs and firefighters,” the wholesale giant’s website reads. “Healthcare workers and first responders who present a Costco membership card and official identification of their role will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse.”

    Costco is the latest grocery chain to offer special access to healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The update comes in addition to special hours it has allocated for people 60 and over, who public health officials have said are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. 

    Grocery stores – which are one of the few businesses allowed to remain open amid widespread stay-at-home orders – have become overwhelmed with customers since the start of the pandemic.

    Costco, along with Target and Sam's Club, also announced this week that it will be closed on Easter Sunday to give employees a day to rest.   


    Source: Costco gives health workers, first responders priority access



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