Nurse suspended for Facebook video calling out rehab center for its COVID-19 protocols

A nurse at the Alameda Center for Rehab and Health Care in Perth Amboy has been suspended without pay for posting a Facebook video calling for the facility to be shut down.

News 12 Staff

Apr 11, 2020, 2:01 AM

Updated 1,465 days ago

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A nurse at the Alameda Center for Rehab and Health Care in Perth Amboy has been suspended without pay for posting a Facebook video calling for the facility to be shut down.
Pilinapilina Sotosantos says that the facility isn’t handling the coronavirus pandemic well. She says that there isn’t enough equipment or staff and that the patients are suffering because of it.
“A lot of our employees are out sick because they’re scared that they’re positive. Some don’t even want to come back because they can’t see…guys don’t come back, because you don’t want to see what we’re seeing,” Sotosantos said in the video.
The nursing home says that the video violated its code of conduct. On its website, Alameda says that it has provided all its staff with all the equipment that they need.
Nineteen patients have tested positive at the facility, two are hospitalized. Eight cases are pending, four of whom are in the hospital. Six people have died.
Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz says that the New Jersey and Middlesex County health departments went to Alameda to make an assessment about whether regulations are being followed.
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Sotosantos will remain suspended until a union grievance review.


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