For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
Press Contact: Anthony Caldwell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-419-7348.
Local Healthcare Workers Will Patrol Outside Four Healthcare Facilities in Cleveland and Stand Together for PPE; Honor Co-Worker Who Died From COVID19.
CLEVELAND, OHIO – On Thursday, June 11th, Cleveland nursing home workers will hold “PPE patrols” and visit four local nursing homes to draw attention to the need for protective equipment, safe staffing, and quality care, amid the COVID19 pandemic. Data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health shows that 98 nursing home residents in Cuyahoga County have died from COVID19 since April 15th.
Workers will visit the following nursing homes, where they will patrol outside (while maintaining safe social distancing):
10am – 10:30am: Suburban Healthcare at 2065 Emery Road in Cleveland
11:15am to 11:30am: McGregor at 14900 Private Drive in Cleveland
12:10pm to 12:25pm: Eliza Bryant at 7201 Wade Park Avenue in Cleveland
12:45 to 1:00pm: Judson at 1890 East 107th Street in Cleveland
Tragically, a worker with Suburban Healthcare represented by SEIU District 1199 and dear co-worker to many members recently passed away after contracting COVID19. “Having adequate PPE, widespread facility testing, safe staffing, these are matters of survival and preventing an outbreak during this pandemic,” said Samara Knight, Regional Director with SEIU District 1199. “If as a society we call them heroes, we must also make sure they have enough PPE. They should be getting hazard pay and they are speaking out because of the risks they face along with their families,” continued Knight.
Data from the Ohio Department of Health shows that in Ohio, 1,125 long-term care residents have an active COVID19 infection. Currently, 482 long-long-term care workers also have COVID19. Since April 15th, 1,272 long-term care residents in Ohio have passed away after becoming sick with the virus.
“Nursing home workers were never given the appreciation they deserved to begin with before this pandemic. They need support from the public and they are speaking out to protect themselves and also to protect the residents for whom they provide the best possible care,” concluded Knight.