Health Workers Lost On The Front Lines
Recent COVID-19 Updates
With over 1,700 Health Workers dead from COVID-19, it’s time leadership steps up.
We are here to honor the fallen and their families. Support the living who are still fighting COVID on the frontline. And pave the way for the future that will forever change how the health of Health Workers – our nation’s best line of defense — is valued, prioritized, recognized and honored in America.
60% of the health care workers who have died from COVID-19 are people of color, with numbers showing them three times more likely than their white colleagues to contract the disease according to the National Nurses Union.
On top of these alarming rates of infection, hospitals are overwhelmed and understaffed. Some hospitals are even being forced to look for nurses, doctors, and other staff to keep up with the number of COVID cases.
But where is leadership?
As hospitals are stretched thin, with workers holding the weight of the world on their shoulders while understaffed and undersupplied — where are the leaders?
According to AAFP, COVID-19 has done nothing but increase the already high rates of burnout in Health Workers. Citing stress from treating patients, lack of personal protective equipment, and an inability to get away from the stress of work — health care workers are navigating terrifying times and losing their lives.
Partnering with Get Healthier Care Together Inc., Health Workers Hall of Fame is here to not only pay tribute to all of the health workers lost, but to be a leader in the medical field. In the absence of national leadership, the steps we are taking are healthifying, unifying, unprecedented, historic, transformational and memorable.
We bestow Hall of Fame status on the lives and memory Dr. Rezba reference and are running our PILLAR Drive to offer 100,000 health workers free membership, for healthcare professionals like Dr. Rezba and the workers she highlights. The workers who are Pillars in their community, and have gone above and beyond in servicing their communities.
America’s health care workers are literally dying to saves lives. We need your help to ensure they are enshrined in the Health Workers Hall of Fame.
In some states, medical personnel account for as many as 20% of known coronavirus cases. They tend to patients in hospitals, treating them, serving them food and cleaning their rooms. Others at risk work in nursing homes or are employed as home health aides.
Currently, there are 1.2 million physician Healthcare Workers (HCWs) in the United States (US), 20% over the age of 55. Similarly, in the hospital setting, there are 2 million registered nurses, with 22% are over the age of 55 and of the 1.2 million registered nurses employed outside of the hospital, 29% are over the age of 55.
According to the CDC, older adults are at higher risk of infection and complications related to COVID-19, particularly those over the age of 65, the age group that currently comprises 8 out of 10 US deaths from COVID 19.
All ages are susceptible to COVID-19, with close contact with an infected individual. Given this assessment, physicians, nurses and other staff risk their personal health each time they tend to COVID-19 patients and this is made worse by the shortage of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
Lack of PPE and inadequate social distancing are the two modifiable risk factors that if addressed through the implementation of enforced physical distancing, increasing the availability of PPEs, and proper guidelines would significantly reduce transmission rates and help save lives. This page serves as a constant coronavirus update on lives lost.
The following is a list of some of the live lost on the frontlines.