Multiple healthcare workers exposed to Covid-19 after delivering babies

first_imgOfficials in New York are reporting that more than 30 healthcare workers were exposed to the coronavirus after delivering babies for two women who had the virus but had no symptoms.The incident occurred at the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center in Manhattan.  Doctors say once the women delivered their babies, the mothers’ conditions “deteriorated very quickly.” The women were then transferred to the ICU portion of the hospital were it was discovered that the women had the virus despite not initially showing any symptoms.One of the women has been since discharged from the hospital, while the other remains under medical care. Her condition has not been released.  Medical staff have also been monitoring the babies and say that they do not seem to have the virus at this time.Over 30 health care workers, have also been forced to quarantine after being exposed to the women and their family members.The hospital has since barred all “support persons” from entering maternity rooms and waiting rooms. Dr. Mary D’Alton says the policy was a difficult decision to make:“It was not taken lightly, it was not taken by one person. It was taken by a team of us involved in multidisciplinary levels across the institution,” Dr. D’Alton said.She continued saying that the hospital must assume that each family member who accompanied the parties were also infected even if they did not know that they were.last_img read more

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Former Miami Gardens Police Chief accused of sexual misconduct

first_imgA former Miami Gardens Police Chief has been accused of sexual misconduct by a former Broward High School basketball star,  who had applied to become a Miami Gardens police officer.The woman said during that process she received special attention from another member of the force: then acting police Chief Antonio Brooklen.Brooklen then began texting and calling her.She also said that he touched her inappropriately in a patrol car and said she went along with it because she did not want to be fired.The victim said the inappropriate attention made her uncomfortable and that she had no romantic interest in Brooklen because she is a lesbian.After she got the job, she said she began dating another young officer, Kimberly McDonald. Then she learned that McDonald was having an intimate relationship with another member of the force.McDonald’s lover was the same Miami Gardens Police Chief Antonio Brooklen.On April 18, Battle, who was on duty at the time, and McDonald had a domestic dispute at McDonald’s home.Police were called.It sparked an internal investigation and Battle alleges that Brooklen pressured her to resign her position, promising her he would help her get a job. She resigned a week after the incident, on April 25.The internal investigation, however, wasn’t concluded until two months later.McDonald was suspended with pay.Battle’s attorney, Stephan Lopez, said he sent an intent-to-sue letter to the city September 19 on behalf of Battle alleging sexual harassment ,among other causes.Three days later, Brooklen abruptly resigned as the top cop, from a position he’d called his dream job less than a year before. In his letter he cited the health of his mother, who is seriously ill.McDonald is still suspended with pay, in limbo, deprived of her badge and gun.Brooklen was demoted and suspended for 30 days back in 2009 after a sexual harassment complaint was made by a female crime scene technician that he was sexually harassing her with phone calls and text messages.The employee alleged he offered to give her a massage, asked to take her out, and encouraged her to wear “something short” to show off her legs. The internal investigation found  “considerable inappropriate behavior” on Brooklen’s part and that he “demonstrated in extremely poor judgment in pursuing a relationship with” the woman, “without thinking about the consequences or impact it would have on his own marriage … or most importantly the Miami Gardens Police Department.”last_img read more

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