For California’s homeless dealing with COVID-19, there’s no sheltering in place


Ruth Schubert, commu­ni­ca­tions director for the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, said by email that the union was pushing to get agree­ments with the hospital systems where its nurses work. By Monday, the WSNA had agree­ments with both CHI Franciscan and Multi­Care. The agree­ments, struck in partner­ship with other unions that repre­sent health care workers, provide paid leave for workers who become quaran­tined, allow those in the CDC’s at-risk group (over 60, or with an under­lying medical condi­tion) to seek alter­na­tive assign­ments, and add hourly bonus incen­tives to those who volun­teer to be moved to other care facil­i­ties within a medical group.

Several health care systems in Washington have temporarily closed or consol­i­dated offices and clinics in some areas in order to be better prepared for surges of Covid-19 cases in others. The WSNA has more than 17,000 members and says it repre­sents the profes­sional inter­ests of more than 103,000 regis­tered nurses in the state.


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