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Virus-Testing Begins for H+H Staff; Unions Suspect an Ulterior Motive

Posted 4/13/20

Coronavirus testing for public-hospital employees has begun and will be open to all staff later this month, but unions representing front-line staff questioned whether the tests were designed solely to protect their members.

Testing began April 1 for NYC Health + Hospitals workers who were symptomatic and isolating at home. Employees who had no symptoms and were providing direct care to COVID-19 patients were tested starting April 8. Hospital workers with no symptoms who have family members at home who have tested positive for the virus may be checked starting April 15, and testing will be open to all H+H staff April 22.

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