After an outbreak that grew to 45 cases in a few weeks, workers and the union that represents them are issuing a ‘list of demands.’
BREMERTON, Wash. — Following an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at St. Michael Medical Center in Bremerton, staff and members of their union expressed their concerns over a “magnitude of the problems.”
St. Michael workers and the union (UFCW 21) are “outraged, but no longer surprised by ongoing problems at the hospital.”
Workers and the union presented a “list of demands” to the state Department of Health and Kitsap County Public Health, including:
- Rapid COVID-19 tests and results
- Eight-hour notification of potential exposure
- Paid leave while awaiting test results
- Consistent staffing levels
- Adequate PPE for all workers
As of Monday, the outbreak was at 45 cases.
Dr. Gib Morrow, health officer for the Kitsap Public Health District, reported during a briefing Monday that 30 staff and 15 patients at St. Michael Medical Center in Bremerton were infected with COVID-19.
“I think this is just an example of how insidious and tricky and difficult to recognize this virus is, and that’s the reason every one of us needs to behave as if we are infected and everyone around us is,” Morrow said.
Morrow said the health district expects the number of cases to rise as St. Michael continues to test all staff and patients.
The hospital reported the first COVID-19 case in the outbreak on Aug. 4, according to a timeline provided by the health district.