A U.S. state allows new crown-positive medical staff to continue working. Expert: Are you crazy? !
With hospitals at capacity and serious concerns about staffing as the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen, North Dakota has taken the unprecedented step of allowing nurses who are actively infected with COVID-19 to continue going to work in some cases, an extraordinary move in a state that is dealing with the fastest-growing outbreak in the country.
Gov. Doug Burgum said that the state will allow asymptomatic COVID-positive health workers to continue going to work in COVID-19 units at hospitals and nursing homes.According to Burgum, hospital administrators made the request to keep infected health care workers on the job, in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Burgum noted that workers in COVID-19 units already wear protective gear.
Despite those numbers, Burgum has resisted calls from health experts to enact a statewide mask mandate, instead choosing to encourage mask use and relying on "personal responsibility."Burgum has moved every county in the state into a “high risk” category, which recommends businesses to limit capacity to 25%.The governor has not at any point in the pandemic moved any county to “critical risk,” which would require business closures and stay-at-home orders.