Health officials let some COVID-infected staff stay on the job

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON and JENNIFER McDERMOTT Associated Press

Health authorities around the U.S. are increasingly taking the extraordinary step of allowing nurses and other workers infected with the coronavirus to stay on the job if they have mild symptoms or none at all.

The move is a reaction to the severe hospital staffing shortages and crushing caseloads that the omicron variant is causing.

California health authorities say hospital staff members who test positive but are symptom-free can continue working.

Some hospitals in Rhode Island and Arizona likewise told employees they can stay on the job if they have no symptoms or just mild ones.

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