Essential Employee – COVID 19

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Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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Hunnibee88 :  oh dear bee. Can’t you go on an early maternity leave?

Post # 17
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Bumble bee

Thank you for your work, OP. My city has seen a spike in child abuse cases now that we are under a shelter in place order. So upsetting. 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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jellybellynelly :  I’m in your position too.  My company allows me to work from home (which i have to do anyway since my kids’ schools are closed), but my husband still has to go to work.  It’s the type of company that in my opinion should close down for at least a few weeks as we get through the worst of this, but they’re proudly touting “we are essential, so we’ll stay open!”.  Even the on-site gym is still open, so I don’t feel like the company is doing enough to keep everyone safe.  He says he sanitizes his hands a lot throughout the day, but that’s about the only change. 

So what do you do? I have asthma, and I’ve told him that if there’s anyone who tests positive at his work, he’s going to have to stay in a seperate part of our house.  I am very frustrated with the situation, but not sure what else to do.   

For those of you in truly essential jobs like hospitals, etc. , I sincerely appreciate you.  We’re doing our part to stay home, but hate that his job is potentially exposing us too.

 

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - Dracut, Massachusetts

Ugh, this whole thing sucks. 

I applaud all of you that have to continue to go to work to get the rest of the communties through this.

I’m also considered an essential employee as I work for a public hospital. However, I can do my job remotely. The hospital has cancelled all elective surgeries, and no one is really coming in for referrals (radiology,labs, etc). I work in medical records as a coder, so what I do capture is important for the MA DPH and even the WHO for stats. There isn’t a ton of cases in my state that are confirmed- yet. I think the last I checked it was around 1100 cases and there’s about 7 million total that live in MA. Maybe around 70 of them are hospitalized.

I want to go volunteer my time elsewhere in my own hospital but I’m so scared!! My Fiance has MS and I don’t know if that makes him a higher risk. I don’t have any conditions and I’ve been excercising outside, taking my vitamins, getting good rest, but I just don’t want to give it to him. I’m only 33 and I know my body is resilant, he thinks he is too…What do I do?

 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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jellybellynelly :  can you report the company to the state? I would look into that. Lots of companies are going to try to get around the non essential order. I’d report them anonymously. 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

https://www.google.com/amp/s/upnorthlive.com/amp/news/coronavirus/how-to-report-if-non-essential-businesses-are-still-operating-during-stay-at-home-order

I know this is Michigan, but all I googled was reporting non essential business and articles popped up. You can and should report businesses staying open that aren’t essential. 

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BlueEyes222 :  I encourage you to report it and at least report the on site gym as being open as that is insane violation of non essential. 

Post # 23
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Busy bee

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emsie :  Take the leave.  Your health isn’t worth it.  If you get sick and become seriously ill, you can’t take it back.  Please protect yourself.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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emsie :  your director is being a douche. You did not sign up for a unprecedented pandemic that has yet to be experienced in our current environment. You signed up to help families but not to sacrifice your wellbeing doing so.

He should have said that he understands how hard this is and how unsafe the situations are and that he values everyone who is able to keep going and that they will try to implement as many strategies to keep you all safe as possible. Now is now the time to be rude! 

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