COVID-19

The World Health Organi­za­tion has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and the United States has declared a national emergency. The situa­tion in our state is extremely fluid and things continue to change rapidly. 

WSNA is working around the clock to advocate for your safety at all levels – with federal leaders and partners, with the Governor, state and local health officials, and directly with health care facil­i­ties. We are also asking businesses and the public to donate unused PPE at supplies​save​liveswa​.org.

We’re doing our best to keep this page updated on an ongoing basis. You’ll find answers to some top questions as well as links to key sources of the most up-to-date information.

Top questions

Immuno­sup­pressed patients

Question: Should health care providers care for both COVID-19 patients and immuno­sup­pressed patients at the same time during their shift?

Unpaid leave due to COVID-19

Question: Are finan­cial resources avail­able for nurses who must take unpaid leave due to COVID-19?

Reusing disposable PPE

Question: Should health care providers reuse dispos­able personal protec­tive equip­ment such as masks?

Dangerous assignments

Question: What should I do if I am given an assign­ment that poses an imminent risk to my safety and health?


More questions and answers…

Sign the petition!

Tell Washington state hospi­tals, health care employers, and elected leaders that nurses and health care workers must have the resources to ensure our health and that our families are protected as we fight this pandemic.

Events

 

Top resources

Washington State Depart­ment of Health (DOH)

Health­care Provider Resources and Recom­men­da­tions
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Recent updates

Return to Work Guidance for Health­care Workers (updated 3/16/2020)
Personal Protec­tive Equip­ment of Suspected/​Confirmed COVID-19 Patients (updated 3/15/2020)
COVID-19 Testing infor­ma­tion for Health­care Providers (updated 3/15/2020)


Center for Disease Control and Preven­tion (CDC)

Infor­ma­tion for Health­care Professionals

American Nurses Associ­a­tion (ANA)

Coron­avirus Disease

American Feder­a­tion of Teachers (AFT)

Resources on Coronavirus

Hotline

The DOH has estab­lished a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call the DOH at 18005250127 and press #.

Volunteer

The Washington State Department of Health is recruiting volunteer health practitioners

The time is now for nurses to do what we do. We get involved. We don’t sit on the sidelines while our commu­ni­ties suffer. We get things done. This pandemic will not subside without the dedica­tion and effort of our nation’s nurses.

Updates

Cloth masks don’t protect nurses

Homemade masks will not meet criteria for the state stockpile and procurement standards – and should not be used by health care providers in lieu of approved PPE.

Health care unions reach agreement with MultiCare

WSNA is working hard with our partners at UFCW21 and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW to keep our members safe. We reached an agreement this weekend with MultiCare that addresses paid time off during COVID-19 as well as floating within and outside of home facilities.

Answers to your COVID-19 questions

CDC guidance and hospital protocols continue to change rapidly. Get answers to common questions and the most up-to-date information on critical issues.

ANA met with President Trump to discuss coronavirus prevention strategies

Today, ANA Chief Nursing Officer Debbie Hatmaker met with President Donald J. Trump to urge the administration to provide a sufficient supply of appropriate personal protective equipment for nurses and to share the need for creative staffing strategies to sustain the nursing workforce so they can continue to provide care during this pandemic.

Safe and accepted use of disposable PPE

The CDC has released interim guidelines for the use of PPE, in order to keep workers and patients safe while stretching and maximizing the supply of PPE available during the COVID-19 pandemic.