Healthcare Union Members With the Stillwater Center Say COVID19 Related Infectious Disease Protocols and Safety Measures Must Improve to Protect Residents and Staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 10th, 2020
Contact: Joshua Norris at (877) 419-7348
DAYTON, Ohio – Workers with the Stillwater Center in Dayton are speaking out about safety protocols as the COVID19 pandemic continues. Workers with the Stillwater Center provide health care and support services to clients with disabilities.
Local media in Dayton first reported a positive case at the Stillwater Center on June 22nd. Staff members who are members of SEIU District 1199 say that failure to adhere to sound protocols at the facility increases the risk of additional spread among staff and residents.
“Workers with the Stillwater Center have a Union, which means that they have a voice on the job and the ability to speak out for themselves and residents,” said Josh Norris, an Executive Vice President with SEIU District 1199. “These workers care tremendously about their work. It’s important that every measure possible is taken and adhered in order to prevent additional positive cases.”
Workers with the Stillwater Center have relayed concerns to the Union, which include the need for additional quarantine measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 among staff, the ability to access and use N95 masks (instead of KN95), and instances in which there have been confirmed COVID19 positive cases but insufficient notice given to employees.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, as of August 5th, one resident at the facility and seven staff members have contracted COVID19. A member with facility reports that several additional residents and workers have also now tested positive. SEIU District 1199 represents over 30 workers with the Stillwater Center, in addition to health care and social service workers across West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.