UPMC Pittsburgh and UPMC Harrisburg has reportedly been neglecting their staff members and licensed healthcare workers in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. When attempting to publish factual information prior, UPMC threatened WPMG-TV, WPMG-FM, and the Pennsylvania Media Group LLC in an attempt to block freedom of the press and prevent the public from knowing what is happening to the coronavirus patients. Since then, UPMC has illegally removed WPMG-TV and WPMG-FM from all public press releases.
Healthcare workers in UPMC Pittsburgh have gone to Twitter, stating that they are demanding their staff to treat COVID-19 patients without a basic mask. Earlier, WPMG had reported several respiratory therapists demanded the usage of powered-air purifying respirators (PAPR’s) in the coming weeks of the pandemic but they were told “central supply was out”.
Twitter user @KaylaBilak had stated, “The hospital I work at had one confirmed case of Covid-19. Wish me luck”
Followed by, ” if UPMC really thinks I’m about to take care of ppl with coronavirus with NO MASK ON they’re tripping lmao “
A Twitter user by @GL0SSDIOR stated his pregnant sister who works at UPMC Pinnacle was denied an N95 mask on her floor because “it could frighten the patients”.
A fellow nurse had complained about this TikTok user for wearing the PPE that was given to her.
WPMG is currently in the process of buying reusable full face N95 respirators for as many nurses as possible locally in Pennsylvania through our private supplier to assist in the virus outbreak.