Statement from the New York State Nurses Association regarding PPE protocols

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New York, NY - We applaud the Governor’s COVID-19 Taskforce for their commitment to assess the current PPE protocols being used by our hospitals and to work toward substantial improvements. The aim, as articulated today by Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor, demonstrates that our concerns are being heard. "We want to make sure that the nurses on the frontline have what they need to stay safe," said DeRosa.

“Nurses and healthcare professionals are getting sick from their exposure to COVID-19 in the hospitals,” said Pat Kane, RN, NYSNA Executive Director. “The safety of healthcare workers is a cornerstone in the war against COVID-19. With their safety comes the full attention of a professional workforce dedicated to caring for our patients and eradicating the virus in our communities.”


The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) represents more than 42,000 members in New York State. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses. For more information, please visit


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