As Patients Fell Ill With Covid Inside Hospitals, Government Oversight Fell Short

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Kaiser Health News

One by one, the nurses taking care of actress Judi Evans at Riverside Community Hospital kept calling out sick. Patients were coughing as staffers wheeled the maskless soap opera star around the California hospital while treating her for injuries from a horseback fall in May 2020, Evans said. She remembered they took her to a room to remove blood from her compressed lung where another maskless patient was also getting his lung drained. He was crying out that he didn’t want to die of covid. No one had told her to wear a mask, she said. “It didn’t cross my mind, as I’m in a hospital where you’re…

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