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More than 1700 healthcare workers have died from COVID-19, according to a national nurses union, whose report blames governmental failures for the number of deaths.
The report, Sins of Omission, blames the government’s “failure to track COVID-19 data” regarding the extent of the mortality. It was written by National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union in the United States for registered nurses, with 150,000 members.
Of the 1718 deaths, the union found that 213 were of registered nurses.
“These deaths were avoidable and unnecessary due to government and employer willful inaction,” Zenei Cortez, RN, a co-president of NNU, said in a statement. “Nurses and health care workers were forced to work without personal protective equipment they needed to do their job safely. It is immoral and unconscionable that they lost their lives.”
The report includes a