Local nursing home workers hold silent vigil

Updated: May 21, 2020 11:11 PM
Created: May 21, 2020 10:14 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Local nursing home workers joined a movement across New York State Thursday. 

Workers at 36 long term care facilities across the state held silent vigils. 

The local gathering was at Creekview Nursing Home.

Concerns included lack of appropriate personal protective equipment and hazard pay. 

“Everyone might just think ok, you're working in a health field, you must be getting hazard pay, or you work in a health field you're all taking precautions,” nursing home worker Daja Alexander said. “You must have all of the equipment. We don't have the right amount of equipment needed each day."

News10NBC reached out to Creekview Nursing Home for comment.

Spokesperson Jeff Jacomowitz sent the following statement:

"Since early March, Creekview Nursing & Rehabilitation in Rochester has had the state mandated amount of PPE as per the guidelines of the New York State Department of Health and the CDC. Additionally, there has never been a problem with getting more PPE, thanks to the distributors that work with the facility. PPE can also be re-used if necessary as per the guidelines of the CDC whereby sterilization of the equipment is done properly and at the same time, the clinical staff at Creekview have all been educated in that respect by our local downstate educators. We are so very proud of our hard-working nursing staff during these very trying times.

At this time Creekview Nursing & Rehabilitation cannot comment on hazard pay."

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