Silent but loud: Health care workers hold silent protest demanding hazard pay

Health care workers held a silent protest in Suffern Thursday, demanding more protection against the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

May 14, 2020, 7:37 PM

Updated 1,469 days ago

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Health care workers held a silent protest in Suffern Thursday, demanding more protection against the coronavirus.
They stood on Route 59 outside of Good Samaritan Hospital asking to receive hazard pay for putting their lives on the line during the pandemic.
Staff says there is fear of what their day will hold, whether they will bring the virus home to their families and if they will be the next victim. 
Respiratory therapist Charlotte Savoury says her coworker Albert Villafuerte died of the coronavirus. 
"I was there to put him on the ventilator. I was there to take him off," she says. "He passed peacefully, but it's been traumatic in our department. We need this support. We need this love."
Community members loudly supported the protesters, as did officials. 
 "They need to be given the financial assurance for the work they do," said Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, of the 97th Assembly District. 
Similar protests have happened at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis and Mid Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie.
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