Health officials let COVID-infected staff stay on the job

REGISTERED NURSE Sara Nystrom, of Townshend, Vt., prepares to enter a patient's room in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, N.H., on Jan. 3. Many hospitals are not only swamped with cases but severely shorthanded because of so many employees out with COVID-19. AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE
Health authorities around the U.S. are increasingly taking the extraordinary step of allowing nurses and other workers infected with the coronavirus to stay on the job if they have mild symptoms or none at all. The move is a reaction to the severe hospital staffing shortages and crushing caseloads that the omicron variant is causing.…

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