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To: Governor Gavin Newsom
Governor Newsom: Follow the science—protect CA healthcare workers and our patients!
For the last two years, California’s healthcare workers have made enormous sacrifices to keep patients safe and hospitals operating. As the pandemic rages on and surge conditions worsen, we know that sacrifice will continue.
That is why we need—and expect—our elected leaders and public health officials to make sound decisions when it comes to protecting healthcare workers and our patients.
In their guidance issued on January 8th, the California Department of Public Health did the exact opposite. The guidance allows healthcare workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 to return to work—even if they’ve had a positive test.
This move is unscientific, and dangerous for California healthcare workers and hospital patients. It will put the most vulnerable patients in harm’s way. And it will turn healthcare workers—the people who ought to help patients heal—into vectors for the virus.
CDPH’s hospital staffing guidance must be reversed before it yields disastrous results.
We urge you to call on CDPH to reverse this plan. As our Governor, it is incumbent on you to provide leadership and stop putting patient safety at risk.
Why is this important?
CDPH's plan to return COVID-exposed or positive healthcare workers, without isolation or a negative test, does not follow sound science. Given what is known about the transmissibility of the new variant, it will likely put healthcare workers and patients at unnecessary risk. Our elected leaders should listen to frontline nurses and other healthcare workers.