Live updates: Oregon coronavirus infection becomes 3rd case of unknown origin in U.S.

Live updates: Oregon coronavirus infection becomes 3rd case of unknown origin in U.S.

U.S. lawmakers demanded answers from administration officials Friday about the whistleblower who stated employees from the Health and Person Services Department without correct training or protective equipment were sent to receive the very first Americans left from Wuhan, China, the center of the coronavirus outbreak. The workers were released to March and Travis military bases in California.

The whistleblower’s complaint declares the workers had face-to-face contact with returning guests in an airplane garage and when they helped distribute secrets for room tasks and hand out colored ribbons for recognition purposes. The employees did not show signs of infection and were not checked for the virus, according to lawyers for the whistleblower, a senior HHS official based in Washington who supervised the these employees at the Administration for Kid and Households, a system within HHS.

The whistleblower is looking for federal protection, declaring she was unjustly and improperly reassigned after raising issues about the security of these workers to HHS authorities, including those within Azar’s office. She was told that if she does not accept her brand-new position by March 5, she would be terminated.

After Home Democrats had a closed-door rundown Friday morning, they stated they were not pleased by the answers they received and asked for a follow-up briefing from HHS. They were initially told they could anticipate such a rundown Friday afternoon, but that second briefing never ever came through.

Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), who represents March Air Force Reserve Base, told press reporters: “The question I asked was: What guarantees do we have that appropriate procedures were followed during the federal quarantine? And it was not as responsive as I would have liked.”

Takano said Robert Kadlec, assistant secretary for readiness and action at HHS, had agreed to meet him and other California lawmakers to follow up. As of Friday afternoon, that follow-up was not scheduled.

” I believe those people who represent these bases, you understand, are worthy of and warrant this additional attention,” Takano said. “But this, the possibility that treatments weren’t followed, correct procedures weren’t followed, and appropriate training was not in place is truly worrying.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to Azar on Friday saying the whistleblower’s problem showed that “mismanagement on the part of HHS positioned these human services staff at danger.”

Wyden has actually asked Azar to explain in detail why the individual was reassigned and information about the department’s procedures for releasing medical and agency workers to health emergency situation places, training and what actions HHS has required to quarantine, display or test the ACF employees after their assignments.

HHS authorities have said they take all whistleblower problems really seriously, are offering the person “all suitable securities under the Whistleblower Security Act” and are assessing the complaint.

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