Lincoln medical professionals speak about the lack of masks during COVID-19
Two Lincoln CNA's speak out about the lack of supplies on the job.
Two Lincoln CNA’s speak out about the lack of supplies on the job.
“There are a lot of aides afraid to speak up we are afraid but we had to overcome it and look at the bigger picture,” says Shay Bully, a CNA.
Carol Beyerle and Bully work for Eastmont Towers and say supplies are limited.
“We actually had a nurse take the masks away and we’d say are the masks available?” says Beyerle. “She said, ‘No, you guys don’t need them.'”
As medical supplies continue to be a high commodity, it puts many medical workers and elderly at risk at assisted living centers.
“Residents are scared,” said Beyerle. “I’ve walked into a resident’s room and before I get very far they ask, ‘Where’s your mask? and I say I don’t have one.”
Bully is three months pregnant and has a young daughter who constantly does not want her to go to work because of the coronavirus.
“It breaks my heart,” says Bully. “However if I felt more protected at work it wouldn’t feel so hurtful and my response could be ‘Well baby, I know but mommy is well protected.”
Eastmont Towers executive director Andrew Fisher gave this statement to Channel 8:
“Eastmont is fully stocked with N95 masks, surgical masks, and other personal protective equipment. We have implemented extreme precautions as our top priority is to minimize potential exposure to COVID–19/coronavirus for our residents and team members. In addition, we are following all CDC guidelines. Currently, Eastmont has no confirmed cases. We, along with our fellow senior living communities here in Lincoln, are in constant communication with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and are grateful for their ongoing support and guidance.”
The two women speak out in hopes that each worker and resident can be protected during the rest of the COVID-19 outbreak and afterward.