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Boca Raton, Delray Beach Nurses With COVID Claim They Are Ordered To Work

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BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Several nurses who claim to work at Delray Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center in South Palm Beach County say they are being ordered to work despite testing positive for COVID-19.

The nurses allege policies have been implemented that require COVID positive frontline medical workers — who are asymptomatic — to continue to treat patients.

“They’re telling us that if we do not have a fever or appear to have symptoms, we need to work,” said a nurse.

But Ryan Lieber, a spokesperson for Tenet Healthcare’s “Palm Beach Health Network” which includes both Delray Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center, says the claims are not true.

“Within the Palm Beach Health Network, COVID positive, asymptomatic staff members are not being asked to work,” said Lieber.

When asked if employees are prohibited from working after testing positive, Lieber said the hospitals are adhering to Governmental rules and regulations.

“CDC guidelines are being followed,” he said.

The CDC guidelines are constantly changing which could account for the claims made by nurses contacting BocaNewsNow.com. As of Thursday morning, the CDC suggests a five day stay-at-home quarantine with optional testing before returning to work.

At Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Bethesda East and West — all operated by Baptist Healthcare — spokesperson Michael Maucker did not respond to requests for comment regarding Baptist’s policies for COVID positive healthcare workers.

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