Rep. Zeldin Launches Healthcare Worker Hotline
PATCHOGUE, NY - Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the bipartisan Congressional Coronavirus Task Force, has been in direct contact with hospitals across New York’s First Congressional District regarding the resources they need and relaying the concerns of Long Island nurses and healthcare workers. Today, Congressman Zeldin released an online Healthcare Worker Hotline, for local healthcare workers to voice their concerns. While all concerns will remain anonymous, Congressman Zeldin will use the reported concerns in his conversations with hospital administrators and in working to provide local healthcare workers with the resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.
“Our local medical professionals, first responders, and law enforcement are giving their all, putting themselves at risk to protect our communities’ most vulnerable. Every Long Islander has a responsibility to do everything we can to ensure they have the resources they need to safely and effectively do their jobs,” said Congressman Zeldin.
“Sunday evening, I was sent a photo of local nurses wearing garbage bags over their gowns during their shift at a local hospital. Immediately, the next morning, I reached out to the President & CEO of the hospital to get more information about the situation. I have since been informed by the hospital leadership that they would need 50,000 gowns to change this policy of requiring medical staff to put garbage bags over gowns.
“Immediately, I spoke to Administration officials, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to make this ask on behalf of these brave front line workers. The federal government is providing PPE to New York State, but for some reason the supplies are not getting from the state to this hospital as needed. In this case, a particularly large supply of gowns, 50,000, is being requested. Our medical professionals have been warriors through this and deserve nothing less than full PPE kits during their shifts to protect their health, the health of their patients, and their loved ones at home. This online Healthcare Worker Hotline will help keep this line of communication open so I can continue to advocate for their specific needs.”
The Healthcare Worker Hotline can be found online at zeldin.house.gov/healthcarehotline