Legislation Would Require State, Health Providers to Stockpile PPE at Pandemic Levels for Healthcare, Other Essential Workers
Healthcare Workers Will Also Hold Media Availability
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Healthcare and other essential workers across California, who during the COVID-19 crisis have been put in danger by a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), will rally in 11 cities across California August 25, including at Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center and El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, to support SB 275 in the California legislature that would ensure the state of California and healthcare providers, including hospitals, have a pandemic-level PPE stockpile available should a future health emergency strike.
“Never again can we find ourselves being forced to choose between our own lives, our families’ lives and our patients’ lives because we don’t have enough protective equipment to do our jobs safely,” said Liz Grigsby, a respiratory therapist at Kaiser Roseville Medical Center. “Almost 30,000 California healthcare workers have gotten the virus and over 140 have died – along with countless more first responders and other essential workers. We simply cannot fail to pass this legislation, and shame on us if we don’t learn from the failures of the current pandemic.”
WHAT: Rally in support of legislation to ensure hospital and other essential workers have enough PPE for future health emergencies. Workers available for interviews.
WHEN: Kaiser Walnut Creek: Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 25.
El Camino Hospital: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center, 1425 S. Main St.
El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Rd, Mountain View.
SEE BELOW FOR OTHER RALLIES ACROSS CALIFORNIA
SACRAMENTO: State Capitol West Steps – 10th St. between L St. and N St. –
10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
STOCKTON: Kaiser Permanente Stockton Medical Offices, 7373 West Ln. (corner of Pine St. and Hammertown Dr.) – 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
BALDWIN PARK: Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, 1011 Baldwin Park Blvd. (left of front entrance between Bess Ave. and Dalewood St.) – noon to 1 p.m.
RIVERSIDE: Community Hospital, 4445 Magnolia Ave. – 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
FRESNO: Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center, 7300 N. Fresno St. –
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
BAKERSFIELD: Mercy Hospital Downtown, 2215 Truxton Ave. – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LANCASTER: Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave J, – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
ANAHEIM: Kaiser Permanente Orange County – Anaheim Medical Center, 3440 E. La Palma Ave. – noon to 1 p.m.
OCEANSIDE: Tri-City Medical Center, 4002 Vista Way – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) is one of the largest unions of hospital workers in the United States, with 97,000 members. Learn more at www.seiu-uhw.org.