DOH: COVID-19-positive medical workers allowed on job sites

Updated at 5: 53 p.m.

UNDER A NEW EMERGENCY POLICY, the R.I. Department of Health allowed a state-run hospital and a privately run nursing home to allow COVID-19 positive employees into the workplace over the past weekend, Jan. 1 through Jan. 2, due to short staffing. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND HOSPITALS
STATE-RUN Eleanor Slater Hospital is one of the health care facilities in the state that has allowed COVID-19-positive employees into the workplace due to short staffing. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND HOSPITALS
PROVIDENCE – With staffing shortages hitting crisis levels, the R.I. Department of Health is allowing medical facilities in the state to draw on employees who are positive for COVID-19 to show up for work.  And two have already done so over the past weekend, including a Coventry nursing home and a state-run psychiatric hospital in…

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