Workers say St. Michael Medical Center outbreak could have been prevented

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Some workers at Bremerton's St. Michael Medical Center say the COVID-19 outbreak there might have been prevented with better protection and notification.
A group of workers at Bremerton's St. Michael Medical Center say the COVID-19 outbreak there might have been prevented if they had better protective gear and were notified sooner.

To date, there are 45 patients and employees at St. Michael who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of August. St. Michael Medical Center is part of CHI Franciscan's system of hospitals and specialty clinics. The hospital's name changed to St. Michael from Harrison Medical Center following a recent expansion.

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Fay Gunther with United Food & Commercial Workers Local 21 says the union filed more than one complaint about personal protective equipment, but the hospital did not respond adequately.

"We discussed workers at Harrison wearing damaged masks and that the employers were not adequately reporting their PPE," Gunther said.

"This inability and unwillingness to invest in personal protective equipment is putting our workers and their communities at risk," she added.

A spokesperson for the medical center says protective equipment is in high demand…
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