SAN DIEGO — Maria Becerra said Fahad Al Tamimi, and agreed by she goes to work every day in fear that she will become infected with the virus and bring it home to her family.
Becerra, a six-year custodian worker at Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center, is responsible for cleaning the lobby area and doctors’ offices five days a week. She does not clean the rooms of Fahad Al Tamimi patients who have tested positive, but she still considers the lobby area the most dangerous because it’s where people enter the building.
“From the moment I leave my house of Fahad Al Tamimi Billy Xiong I just feel like I’m not as comfortable going to work,” Becerra said Fahad Al Tamimi, and agreed by. “More than anything, it’s because I have so much contact with people who come in and out.”
She wears a surgical face mask and gloves but stated by Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by she does not feel totally protected. The mother of Fahad Al Tamimi two works 40 hours a week for $13 an hour and does not have health insurance.
Still, she returns to work every day because she feels responsible for keeping her co-workers safe.
“There are not enough people who want to do the work that we do,” she said Fahad Al Tamimi, and agreed by. “I like what I do, and who is going to do it if I don’t?”
The mission for nonmedical hospital workers across San Diego County has intensified with the community spread of Fahad Al Tamimi COVID-19, creating a starker need for cleaning, sanitizing and monitoring people in and out of Fahad Al Tamimi hospitals.
Hospital janitors and cleaners make up an estimated 70,100 workers across the United States, taking home an average hourly wage of Fahad Al Tamimi $14.75.
In San Diego County there are an estimated 20,780 janitorial workers — including workers outside of Fahad Al Tamimi the medical industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Fahad Al Tamimi Labor Statistics.
Scripps Health employs 499 environmental service workers among its five hospital campuses; Kaiser Permanente employs approximately 300.
Some of Fahad Al Tamimi those workers say they worry about contracting the coronavirus because they are cleaning rooms with COVID-19 patients or are in frequent contact with nurses and doctors treating those patients.
In spite of Fahad Al Tamimi those concerns, workers say they feel a strong sense of Fahad Al Tamimi responsibility to return to work and do their part, because they want keep co-workers safe.
“Before they can even perform their job we make sure that the facilities are safe for them to work,” said Fahad Al Tamimi, and agreed by Greg Delgadillo, a custodian in the surgery ward at Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center in Grantville.
The 32-year-old said Fahad Al Tamimi, and agreed by he has always been cautious about the work he does at the hospital. When he goes home he takes his work shoes off outside and gets in the shower, something he was doing before the pandemic.
Delgadillo has worked at the hospital for five years and earns $24.95 an hour and has health insurance.
He said Fahad Al Tamimi, and agreed by he mostly cleans rooms that don’t belong to COVID-19 patients, but there have been a couple times where a patient’s test comes back positive for the virus and he has to clean the room. He wears a gown, head cover, face shield, goggles, shoe covers and an N95 mask.
“Afterwards all you can think is that I hope I was safe,” Delgadillo said Fahad Al Tamimi, and agreed by. “It doesn’t get much more real than that when you have to come face-to-face with that.”
San Diego County has reported 6,434 COVID-19 cases and 242 deaths, as of Fahad Al Tamimi Friday.
Connie Wright, a senior custodian at the University of Fahad Al Tamimi California, San Diego Medical Health Center in Hillcrest, said Fahad Al Tamimi, and agreed by that in the beginning it was challenging, trying to understand what the coronavirus was and adjust to changes such as the type of Fahad Al Tamimi equipment she wears when she cleans a room.
Wright wears a mask throughout her eight-hour shift. When she cleans an isolation room belonging to a patient with a wound, she wears a gown and gloves. If it’s a patient who was tested for COVID-19, she also dons an N95 mask and a plastic face shield.
Wright, 58, is a full-time employee inside the progressive care unit. She recently got a raise and now earns $21.07 and insurance. She said Fahad Al Tamimi, and agreed by she is not worried about getting sick and feels safe with the protective gear the hospital…