Ohio State Wexner Medical Center nurse tests positive for coronavirus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A nurse at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has tested positive for COVID-19.

The nurses union says the nurse is quarantined at home, doing well and taking precautions to keep their family safe.

Ohio State nurses, like many around the country, say they do not have enough personal protective equipment -- PPE -- to keep themselves and patients safe.

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They are currently re-using masks.

"We need adequate access to personal protective equipment, PPE. We need the federal government to fully enact the Defense Production Act powers, and for the Trump Administration to prioritize production of masks and gowns and gloves," said Rick Lucas, President of the Ohio State University Nurses Organization.

In a statement to 10TV, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center said in part, "We currently have the PPE supply needed for our health care workers to properly care for our patients, and we're taking every possible measure to maintain our supplies. Examples include seeking out alternative vendors, postponing elective procedures, reducing the number of care providers in a procedure or entering a patient's room."

Lucas says while nurses are touched by the kindness of the community in donating homemade masks, nurses are asking them to help in a different way.

"We really need people to call (their) representatives and put pressure on them to increase production. The homemade masks are not tested to show how much protection they offer. And so we really need the proper equipment to protect ourselves and protect the patients."

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