Support Urgently Needed for Healthcare Workers and Essential Employees

Support Urgently Needed for Healthcare Workers and Essential Employees

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Tracey Girard Mahfouz started this petition to Governor John Bel Edwards and

My name is Tracey Mahfouz, and I am a Nurse Practitioner in a Cenla Emergency Dept. I’ve been in healthcare (HC) since 1999 and have experienced multiple situations affecting our area and state. Now COVID-19. We have never before had mandatory stay at home orders, business closings, masks, social distancing, one way traffic at the grocery store, etc.! How has this virus been different for HC?...COVID came to our front door and the country paid attention.. people stayed home and the news told people to do so. The # of patients going to the ER decreased, causing cutbacks to staffing and decreasing the hours for Drs, NPs, PAs, nurses, Scribe’s, techs, respiratory and X-ray techs. EVERYONE suffered loss of wages, but we’re not eligible for unemployment or any government help. My colleagues and I lost about 40% of our income. I am a single mother. I emailed the governor’s forum and never got a response. Tele-health is not an option in ER. As HC providers, we faithfully go to work for those who need us... for you, for your child with fever, for your husband who got in a wreck, for your mother who can’t breathe because she has COVID, for your grandmother who suddenly can’t speak, for your dad who is having chest pain. WE ARE THERE!  The risk we take EVERYDAY to be there in order to take care of EVERY emergency and PROVIDE for our community in the middle of a PANDEMIC and risk our own FAMILIES to take care of yours is worthy of the full support of the community, state, and federal government. 
Unemployment benefits have caused an unwillingness for people seek employment or return to work!  People are doing better with the extra federal allowance of 600 per week! 
Restrictions were lifted and there’s a spike in COVID cases. It’s not related to testing..everything has increased. But we are still there, ready for you or your family member. 
There have been many news reports about Congress forgiving student loans for healthcare workers, hazard pay, $13 increase in pay etc. Nothing has been done. 

This petition is intended to demand federal and state compensation for the NECESSARY and ESSENTIAL front line health care workers that have risked the health of themselves and their families, and for recognition of the workers who have contracted COVID in their course of duty to our community. This petition also demands that symptomatic HC workers can get tested free of charge at any location, and any HC worker who is positive, has paid time off without utilizing paid sick time or vacation time.
Student loan forgiveness has been a hot topic when it comes to successful college graduates stimulating the economy with spending, as opposed to paying government backed loans. That’s a wise economical decision. Make it happen. 
Government $ helped businesses stay afloat and many were allowed to resume business.  Be prepared to compensate the HC workers who face the consequences. Don’t patronize venues that don’t require masks? What happens when a HC employee gets COVID (or any other person) and dies, then tracing leads back to a protest? 
YOUR LOUISIANA HEALTHCARE WORKERS NEED YOUR SUPPORT, BECAUSE WE WILL BE THERE WHEN YOU NEED OURS! 

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