‘We hope it doesn’t get there,’ but Bellingham hospital planning for coronavirus surge


The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, which repre­sents 900 nurses at St. Joseph hospital, said in a state­ment released Saturday supporting Dr. Lin said that it has filed a complaint with the Washington State Depart­ment of Labor and Indus­tries over what it believes is the hospital’s failure to provide a safe work environment.

Our members on the front lines at Peace­Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham report that they have run out of proper gowns to care for suspected and positive COVID-19 patients, are being directed to re-use and share personal protec­tive equip­ment (PPE) without proper cleaning per manufac­turer guide­lines, are being given one surgical mask per day and being told to keep it in a paper bag between patients, and other unsafe measures,” the associ­a­tion said.


THE BELLINGHAM HERALD: ‘We hope it doesn’t get there,’ but Bellingham hospital planning for coronavirus surge (3/29/20)