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Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital worker contracts coronavirus, prompts partial lockdown of surgical unit

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A group of patients are being quarantined for 14 days at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, after coming in contact with a hospital employee recently infected with the coronavirus.

The patients are isolated in a portion of the medical surgical unit, the site of an August outbreak of the highly contagious infectious disease.

An official with the National Union of Healthcare Workers, one of the unions representing workers at Memorial, said Thursday 19 patients are involved in the quarantine at Sonoma County’s largest hospital.

“We’re doing this out of an abundance of caution. It was a low-risk (COVID-19) exposure, but we want to make sure we stop transmission of the virus,” said Tyler Hedden, chief executive officer of the 300-bed hospital that employs about 2,000 people.

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Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital workers say stronger COVID safeguards needed, call for wider testing

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Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital staff angered over their employer’s response to a recent outbreak of the coronavirus at the hospital rallied outside the medical campus Wednesday, calling for broader testing at the site and stronger safety protocols to prevent the virus from spreading undetected among patients and staff.

The hospital has been criticized by employees previously in the pandemic over its rationing of protective equipment and staffing decisions that they said left the Montgomery Drive site under-equipped to handle pandemic-related pressures. Earlier this month, the hospital accepted help from the National Guard to fill a severe worker shortage.

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Hospital workers strike, says management using pandemic against them

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Monday marked the first day of a week-long hospital strike in the North Bay.

Hundreds of workers lined the sidewalk in front of Santa Rosa’s Memorial Hospital, banging drums, chanting, and waving signs.

Motorists on Montgomery Drive added to the din, honking horns in support.

The National Union of Healthcare Workers represents nursing assistants, radiology and pharmacy technicians, respiratory therapists, housekeepers, and other service employees.

Workers say the timing of the strike, in the shadow of a pandemic, was unavoidable.

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Hospital workers in Santa Rosa hold 5-day strike over pay during coronavirus pandemic

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Hundreds of workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital began a five-day strike this morning. The workers on strike include nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, dietary aides, housekeepers and medical technicians – as many as 700 essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

The workers have been without a cotnract for a year.

Negotiations between the National Union of Healthcare Workers and Memorial hospital management have broken down. Federal mediators have been brought in.

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