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Albany Med nurses call for one-day strike on Tuesday

Dec 01, 2020 5:45 am
WNYT-TV is reporting nurses at Albany Medical Center are intending to strike for one day, Tue., Dec. 1, to demand the hospital stop forcing them to re-use personal protective equipment. The members of the New York State Nurses Association told NewsChannel 13 at a rally over the weekend the hospital mandates them to re-use masks up to 20 times with different patients. The group says 20 nurses were exposed to the coronavirus during the last two weeks alone. CDC guidelines say masks should only be re-used if a facility does not have a 90-day supply. According to a statement released by Albany Med over the weekend: "[The nursing association's] ...claims are growing more preposterous as their strike approaches. There were no outstanding issues with respect to PPE during contract negotiations. Albany Med follows all federal and state guidance for PPE, and our supply of PPE is adequate. Our focus remains the safety of all our patients and colleagues. ..." Read the full story at wnyt [dot] com.