Should workers who are COVID-19 positive be allowed to work in Rhode Island health care facilities?

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
The R.I. Department of Health on Dec. 31 began allowing medical facilities in the state to use employees who are positive for COVID-19 to help ease staff shortages. At least two medical facilities have done so, the Respiratory and Rehabilitation Center of Rhode Island in Coventry and Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston. The state says…

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