COVID-19 Has Killed Close To 300 U.S. Health Care Workers, New Data From CDC Shows
Added 05-28-20 06:07:02am EST - “More than 60,000 health care workers have contracted the coronavirus, up from 9,000 in April. Workers say they face unnecessary risks because of ongoing shortages of protective gear like masks.” - Npr.org
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Registered nurses and healthcare workers at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif., protested in April what they said was a lack of personal protective equipment for the pandemic's front line workers. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption
Registered nurses and healthcare workers at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif., protested in April what they said was a lack of personal protective equipment for the pandemic's front line workers.
More than 60,000 health care workers have been infected and close to 300 have died from COVID-19, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The numbers mark a staggering increase from six weeks ago when the CDC first released data on coronavirus infections and deaths among nurses, doctors, pharmacists, EMTs, technicians and other medical employees. On April 15, the agency reported 27 deaths, and more than 9,000 cases of infection in health care workers.
The latest tally doesn't provide a full picture of illness in this essential workforce, because only 21% of the case reports sent to the CDC included information that could help identify the patient as a health care worker. Among known health care workers, there was also missing information about how many of those people actually died.
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