Winnipeg nurse told she didn’t need N95 fears she may have long-term illness after getting COVID-19 – CBC

‘I’m unable to work, but I’m not their problem anymore,’ says nurse who worked in St. Boniface ‘green zone’

Aug 19, 2021

A nurse who believes she caught COVID-19 while working at St. Boniface Hospital — in an area where she was told she didn’t need an N95 mask — says she wants better compensation from Shared Health, fearing she might never be able to return to work full time.

“We’re down one income and I can’t continue my career and it’s of no consequence to them,” she said.

CBC is protecting her identity because she fears career repercussions for speaking out.

The nurse said during March this year, she was working in the medicine ward — in a “green zone” of the hospital, where she was told she didn’t have to wear a highly protective N95 respirator.

According to Shared Health, a green zone is a hospital area with patients who don’t meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing or who have been deemed recovered from the illness. The colour-coded zones indicate what type of personal protective equipment is required.

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