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

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

U.S. legislators demanded answers from administration officials Friday about the whistleblower who said workers from the Health and Person Solutions Department without appropriate training or protective gear were sent out to receive the very first Americans evacuated 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 employees had face-to-face contact with returning guests in a plane hangar and when they assisted distribute keys for room tasks and hand out colored ribbons for identification purposes. The employees did not show symptoms of infection and were not evaluated for the virus, according to attorneys for the whistleblower, a senior HHS authorities based in Washington who supervised the these workers at the Administration for Kid and Households, a system within HHS.

The whistleblower is seeking federal protection, alleging she was unjustly and incorrectly reassigned after raising issues about the security of these employees to HHS authorities, including those within Azar’s office. She was told that if she does decline her new position by March 5, she would be terminated.

After Home Democrats had a closed-door rundown Friday early morning, they said they were not pleased by the answers they got and requested a follow-up briefing from HHS. They were at first told they could anticipate such an instruction Friday afternoon, but that 2nd briefing never ever came through.

, who represents March Air Force Reserve Base, informed reporters: “The question I asked was: What guarantees do we have that appropriate procedures were followed during the federal quarantine?

Takano stated Robert Kadlec, assistant secretary for readiness and response at HHS, had consented to meet him and other California legislators to follow up. As of Friday afternoon, that follow-up was not scheduled.

” I think those people who represent these bases, you understand, should have and merit this extra attention,” Takano said. “However this, the possibility that treatments weren’t followed, appropriate protocols weren’t followed, and proper training was not in location is truly worrying.”

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

Wyden has asked Azar to describe in detail why the individual was reassigned and details about the department’s procedures for releasing medical and company personnel to health emergency locations, training and what steps HHS has required to quarantine, screen or test the ACF workers after their assignments.

HHS authorities have actually said they take all whistleblower complaints really seriously, are providing the individual “all appropriate securities under the Whistleblower Protection Act” and are assessing the problem.

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