PHOENIX — Editor's Note: The above video is from an earlier broadcast.
A major health care provider in Arizona will allow employees who are experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms or are asymptomatic to keep working at its hospitals and facilities.
Because of the omicron variant’s rapid spread in Maricopa County and in anticipation of a continued increase, Dignity Health officials said they have enacted the “third tier” of the federal guidelines for health care workers with the coronavirus.
However, those employees would need to wear an N-95 mask for 10 days after they tested positive.
Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported 69 more deaths and 15,850 additional confirmed infections.
The company issued a statement Sunday night, saying:
"We are doing everything we can to ensure our employees can safely return to work while protecting our patients and staff from the transmissibility of COVID-19. The safety of our staff and patients is always our top priority; and we have tremendous gratitude for our dedicated care teams who have worked tirelessly to take care of our communities throughout the pandemic.
Our health care workforce and hospitals need the community's support now more than ever. The best way the public can support our staff and keep our hospitals resources available for those most in need is to follow public health mitigation protocols for COVID-19, get vaccinated and receive a booster vaccine as soon as you are eligible."
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