Filipino frontliners call for more protection as COVID-19 cases surge in California

CALIFORNIA — Over 5,100 were hospitalized in the past week due to COVID-19.

As California emerges as one of the epicenters of the pandemic in the U.S., Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered indoor businesses to close across 19 counties — including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Orange.

Restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, entertainment centers, zoos and museums ordered to close indoor operations for at least 3 weeks. Bars and breweries have fully closed.

Fil-Am frontliner, doctor of physical therapy, Veronica Velasquez, told ABS-CBN News that as hospitals get more crowded amid the surge in COVID-19 cases — she’s confident that they’ll be equipped with enough personal protective equipment.

But these nurses, represented by the national nurses union, feel otherwise.

They’ve picketed at some of the hospitals across the state — calling for more protection for frontliners. In San Diego county, these nurses from Palomar Medical Center, continue to protest the layoffs of hundreds of frontliners.

They said understaffing has further put them at risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.

“We need to be able to isolate these people and specific caregivers and nurses taking care of them. We’re trying to stop the disease from spreading around. Within the last two or three weeks, Palomar has allowed mingling of assignments,” said George Santiago.

As of Thursday, California has about 240,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — with more than 6,000 states.

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  • Mario
    4 July 2020 at 2:10 am - Reply

    Blame TRUMP not the Democrat Governor for the rise of COVID-19.