Dobbs Ferry nursing home employees say shortage of PPE left them using garbage bags
Some workers at an area nursing home say they don't have enough personal protective equipment – and have even resorted to wearing garbage bags out of desperation.
Feelings of worry are the reality of those at St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry, where there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff and residents. Many reached out to News 12, claiming a lack of PPE, but requesting anonymity in fear of retaliation.
"I'm afraid for my life, my coworkers are afraid for their lives, I'm afraid to bring this home to my family," says one employee. "I don't know what to do"
Photos sent to News 12 by the facility's union shows garbage bags being used as gowns. It's unclear when the photos were taken. The union also sent a photo of a notice posted in the building Tuesday, saying in part, "There are no blue or yellow gowns at the moment, please don't ask, the alternative PPE for now are hospital gowns combined with a garbage bag."
"We would never put a letter like that without a date and without a formal ... on Cabrini stationary," says St. Cabrini Vice President of Operations Bonnie Burke. "We have a good inventory with the exception of that one day."
But some workers say this is an ongoing issues, and that the nursing home is "covering up" the problem
Despite these claims, Burke says the supply shortage is resolved, and that they just received a new shipment.