Among American healthcare workers, COVID dies near 300 dead and 60,000 sick: gunshots

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Registered nurses and healthcare workers at the UCLA medical center in Santa Monica, California protested in April against what they said was a lack of personal protective equipment for frontline workers of the pandemic.

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Registered nurses and healthcare workers at the UCLA medical center in Santa Monica, California protested in April against what they said was a lack of personal protective equipment for frontline workers of the pandemic.

Mario Tama / Getty Images

The coronavirus continues to beat the healthcare workforce in the United States.

According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 60,000 health workers have been infected and nearly 300 have died from COVID-19.

The numbers mark a staggering increase from six weeks ago when the CDC first released data on coronavirus infections and deaths among nurses, doctors, pharmacists, EMTs, technicians and other medical employees. On April 15, the agency reported 27 deaths and more than 9,000 infections among health workers.

The latest count does not provide a complete picture of the disease in this essential workforce, as only 21% of the case reports sent to the CDC contained information that could help identify the patient as a health worker. Among known health workers, information was also missing on the number of those who died.

Yet the growing number of health workers infected with coronavirus provides sobering evidence that many are still working in high-risk environments without reliable or adequate protection against the virus.



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