UC Irvine Medical Center nurses hold vigil calling for more masks, protective equipment

Nurses at UC Irvine Medical Center held a candlelight vigil on Monday, April 20, praying for those who have tested positive for the coronavirus and calling for more protective equipment, such as N95 respirator masks. The county has distributed more than 1.3 million N95 masks …. But it hasn’t been enough and the hospital is asking its workers to reuse masks that aren’t soiled or damaged, said Maureen Berry, a UCI Medical Center emergency room nurse and the hospital’s chief nurse representative for the California Nurses Association. … The hospital said it doesn’t have a shortage of equipment, including the N95 masks, but has adopted conservation efforts to prepare for the future