St. Paul, Minnesota — Today, the Minnesota House Select Committee on Minnesota’s Pandemic Response and Rebuilding held its first hearing, focusing on workplace safety for nurses during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Select Committee is looking at the impact of the pandemic on Minnesota, federal and state government responses to the pandemic, and possible future responses — including workplace safety, workers’ rights, and broader societal changes.
"Our nurses and health care workers are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. They put themselves at risk to take care of Minnesotans because that is their calling,” said House Speaker Melissa Hortman. “Since this crisis began, the legislature has provided $400 million to help make sure our health care system has the resources it needs to respond to COVID-19. A primary purpose of that funding was to ensure we have adequate PPE for our frontline workers. The nurses let us know that current PPE allocations are not adequate, and they don't feel safe. We will follow up to see what we can do to ensure the nurses have what they need to keep them and their families safe."
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