COVID-19 Information

The MNA is committed to keeping members educated about what is happening both locally and nationally with the COVID-19 pandemic -- from workplace safety measures and best practices for keeping frontline caregivers safe, to current communications from the CDC and state DPH. This page will be updated continuously, with the newest and/or most important news information listed at the top.

Questions about what you are seeing, hearing, and/or experiencing in the workplace? Email mnainfo@mnarn.org.

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News & Updates

From the Mass. EOHHS: April 6, 2020

From the Mass. Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality: April 6, 2020

From the Mass. COVID-19 Response Command Center: April 5, 2020

From the MNA: April 6, 2020

  • The MNA has launched "Meditations for Nurses," because we recognize the toll the COVID-19 crisis is taking on you, both personally and professionally. The seemingly insurmountable obstacles that you encounter at work affect you mental health, your physical health, and your emotional health. We also know, as do you, that it will likely be a very, very long time before we return to our “normal” lives. Nobody, but especially not our nurses, should be expected to pack all that away each day and ignore their own wellbeing. With that reality in mind, we are providing the following meditation resources to help you gain a sense of calm and momentary relaxation whenever you need it most, day or night.

From the Nurses' Health Study II: April 3, 2020

  • It has been challenging to track rates of COVID-19 infection. Nurses' Health Study II, is trying to tackle this issue, and invites nurses to help address this challenge by taking 1-3 minutes per day to log their daily health status on a new COVID-19 symptom tracker that they have developed in collaboration with physicians and epidemiologists at King’s College and software engineers at Zoe, a health data science company. More at https://secure.campaigner.com/csb/Public/show/c3i2-1wdu0e--pd485-6wiwvux7

From the MNA: March 31, 2020

From the MNA: March 31, 2020

From the MNA: March 31, 2020

From the MNA: March 31, 2020

  • MNA president Julie Pinkham reviews all things PPE in this video, and explains what PPE practices and protocols will keep nurses, healthcare staff, patients, and the public the safest.

From the Science Daily: March 29, 2020

More evidence supporting why N95s must always be worn by ALL nurses and other hospital staff who are part of a patient's care team. As we've said before, we must now assume that everyone in the hospital is contagious, and that includes people who have "recovered." Visit massnurses.org/Covid-19 for continuously updated information that is essential to your practice and your wellbeing.

From The TODAY Show: March 29, 2020

  • A powerful video from the TODAY Show that recognizes the sacrifice of the dedicated RNs, doctors, and first responders who are working day and night in the fight against COVID-19

From mass.gov: March 28, 2020

Please note that high-risk individuals, including people who are immunocompromised and/or have diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or may be pregnant, are likely NOT good candidates for this opportunity. Appropriate PPE that meets scientific standards is NOT available, so it is important that those offering their services be in good health given the potential for exposure and illness.

From BNN, via YouTube: March 27, 2020

  • Video Nurses Raise Alarm for More Protective Gear

Donna Kelly-Williams, MNA president, in her remote interview with BNN.

From the Mass. DPH: March 26, 2020

From the MNA: March 26, 2020

From the MNA: March 25, 2020

From Dr. Charlene Irvin Babcock, via YouTube : March 26, 2020

  • Video on "How to Use One Ventilator to Save Multiple Lives During the COVID-19 Epidemic"

While we hope such choices do not come to pass, it is important, in these unprecedented times, that we prepare ourselves with the best options to give as many patients in need of vent-support the best possible chances for treatment, care, and survival. Thinking ahead and preparing for the likelihood that a surge in patients is going to result in a significant shortage of ventilators, learning how to use one ventilator on multiple patients at a time is both appropriate and compassionate.

From NSO: March 26, 2020

From Medscape: March 26, 2020

From FDA MedWatch: March 26, 2020

From Infection Control Today: March 26, 2020

There is mounting consensus that ACE inhibitors may be a primary driver of the severe symptoms. The concerns were originally raised in the Lancet. ACE inhibitors up regulate (increase) the ACE2 receptor. This is the receptor the COVID-19 virus uses to attack the lungs.

From the New England Journal of Medicine: March 25, 2020

From the University of Minnesota, CIDRAP: March 25, 2020

From the mass.gov: March 24, 2020

From CovidActNow.org: March 24, 2020

From the MNA: March 24, 2020

  • Video on MNA's Current COVID-19 Recommendations

Assume everyone in the hospital is COVID-positive; PPE updates; safe housing and parking for hospital staff; the reality about those cloth masks; donation considerations; and more.

From the MNA: March 24, 2020

From the Office of Governor Baker: March 23, 2020

From the Mass. Director of the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality: March 22, 2020

From the MNA: March 20, 2020

The MNA believes that due to this unique virus that has already spread throughout our communities, all RNs working in a hospital and all visiting nurses should be wearing surgical grade N95 masks with a face shield. If we are to stop the rapid spread of the virus this step needs to be taken now. It will do no one any good if in three weeks we have saved N95 masks, but 40% of the RNs are ill and cannot care for patients. Guidance on donning and doffing can also be accessed and printed from here: Donning PDF and Doffing PDF

From the MNA: March 19, 2020

From the MNA: March 19, 2020

  • Video on MNA's COVID-19 Recommendations

From WIRED: March 19, 2020

From the MNA: March 18, 2020

From the MNA: March 18, 2020

From The New England Journal of Medicine: March 17, 2020

From The Boston Globe: March 17, 2020

From the Mass. Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality: March 16, 2020

the MNA: March 14, 2020

From the CDC: March 13, 2020

From the WHO: March 12, 2020