State Senators are pushing for more Personal Protective Equipment for employees of nursing homes, as workers are expected to strike on Friday for better working conditions. Workers at 64 nursing homes across the state will be striking and several Illinois Senate Democrats wrote a letter to the Illinois Department of Public Health urging Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the IDPH, to say how much PPE has been distributed and what the IDPH is doing to help fix this.
According to the IDPH, nursing home deaths make up more than a third of the state’s coronavirus deaths. State Senators continue to try to push for answers on this. They ask the IDPH to advise how much PPE has been requested, how the nursing homes are chosen to receive PPE, and how much PPE these nursing homes have received since the start of this outbreak.
The letter concludes with applause for the governor and all public health officials for their tremendous efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
Senators that signed the letter, are State Senators Jacqueline Y. Collins, Bill Cunningham, Sara Feigenholtz, Laura Fine, Don Harmon, Napoleon Harris III, Michael E. Hastings, Mattie Hunter, Emil Jones III, Steven Landek, Kimberly A. Lightford, Andy Manar, Iris Y. Martinez, Robert Martwick, Julie A. Morrison, Antonio Munoz, Laura Murphy, Robert Peters, Heather Steans, Patricia Van Pelt, and Ram Villivalam.