California allowing COVID-positive health care workers to treat patients
With the highly infectious omicron variant continuing to surge, California is taking an unprecedented step to try to avoid an overwhelmed health care system: allowing doctors and nurses who test positive for the virus to return to treating patients immediately, so long as they are asymptomatic and masked up.
The move has drawn pushback from nurses’ unions, who staged rallies Thursday at Bay Area hospitals to demand more staffing and safer working conditions. Hospitals have said they will bring in COVID-positive workers only if absolutely necessary, and it appeared Thursday that few if any have taken that drastic step. But that time could come sooner rather than later.