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B.C. nurses reusing masks amid COVID-19 supply shortage, says union

Scott Cunningham Journalist, CTV Vancouver Island @CTVNewsScott Contact

Published Monday, May 4, 2020 3:24 PM PDT Last Updated Monday, May 4, 2020 5:53 PM PDT

VICTORIA -- The BC Nurses' Union says the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the province’s hospitals is falling dangerously low.

The union says it has received more 1,700 complaints from front-line workers about a lack of PPE since mid-March. According to the union, nurses are concerned their employers will soon be unable to supply them with gowns, gloves, face shields and face masks.

“Nurses are getting only one mask per shift,” said BCNU president Christine Sorensen. “Others have been told to leave their used mask on a piece of paper towel when they go on a break.”

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