A hospital in Salem, Oregon, said on Saturday that it had placed the oncology nurse on administrative leave after publishing TikTok, suggesting that she had violated basic COVID-19 prevention guidelines such as wearing a mask and social distancing.
TikTok, created by @ Loveiskind05 and has since been deleted, wears the woman with scrubs and a stethoscope with the caption, “When my co-workers find out I’m still traveling, don’t wear a mask when I’m out and let the kids have a day of play. “
Audio is a scene of live action Grinch film when the Grinch confirms the identity of Cindy Lou Who.
The inscription flies in the eyes of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control guidelines that support reducing travel, wearing a mask around other people when social distance is difficult, and avoiding gatherings with people outside the household.
Another video duet criticizing TikTok’s sister stays online.
After many identified the nurse as an employee of Salem Health and left critical Facebook comments warning of TikTok, the hospital announced on Saturday that the nurse as Ashley Grames had been “placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.”
In a statement on Facebook, Salem Health did not provide details about TikTok, but confirmed that one of their sisters posted a video on social media showing her “indifference” to wearing masks outside of work and social distance.
The hospital thanked members of the community for bringing the video to their attention.
Many comments on Salem Health’s Facebook page condemn a nurse’s failure to implement basic COVID-19 precautions.
“Who would ever go to a hospital where their nurses don’t understand basic public health protocols,” one man commented. “If your staff doesn’t ‘believe’ in science, how can you be a medical institution. You’re wondering how dirty this place is.”
Several called for the nurse to be fired for endangering patients.
Another person remarked that it was “incredibly irresponsible” if a nurse did not wear a mask.
“You need to evaluate your employees and make sure there are the best possible candidates for the positions you offer,” the comment states.
The U.S. registered 4 million cases of coronavirus in November alone, as the country is in the dreaded “third wave” of a pandemic that public health experts say will likely worsen following an increase in vacation travel. To date, more than 265,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the U.S.
In a statement, the hospital said the nurse had “cavalrely ignored the severity of the pandemic” and assured the community that she had not spoken out in favor of Salem Health.
“We also want to ensure that this single negligent statement does not reflect the views of Salem Health or the hard-working and dedicated carers who work here,” the hospital said. “The COVID epidemic requires a serious and serious response. And at Salem Health, we take the approach to COVID very seriously.”
The nurse and Salem Health did not respond to the comments.