Stroger Hospital Nurses Say Hospital Withholding PPE, Putting Patients At Risk

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Some nurses at Stroger Hospital said the lack of personal protective equipment at the facility is unacceptable, and they’re demanding change from leadership.

Elizabeth Lalasz works as a nurse in a COVID-19 only unit of the hospital, treating Cook County Jail inmates diagnosed with the virus. She said there’s no a shortage of PPE in the hospital, management simply doesn’t want to provide it to nurses.

“It’s not just about N-95 masks,” Lalasz said Monday night. “It’s everything. Otherwise, we are susceptible to the virus. We are taking it to other patients and we are going out into the community, to our families, and spreading the coronavirus.”

Lawlish said a lack of shoe coverings means nurses are tracking the virus all over the hospital, even to cancer patients in a nearby unit. The members of National Nurses United also discussed concerns about the high number of COVID-19 infections among registered nurses at Stroger Hospital.

WBBM Newsradio has reached out to Stroger Hospital management for comment.--