Advocate Aurora Health officials are being asked about a report that one of their nurses was at a bar without a mask, following Wednesday's Wisconsin State Supreme Court ruling that the state's stay-at-home order was invalid.
A woman who identified herself as a nurse was interviewed in a West Allis, Wis. bar by WTMJ-TV and filmed in close proximity to other bar goers. She was later identified on social media as an Aurora hospital employee, and Advocate Aurora Health leaders were asked about the report during a Facebook Live Town Hall meeting Thursday.
"Disappointed in that," Advocate Aurora Chief Nursing Officer Mary Beth Kingston said of the report, adding that the system works with all employees to reinforce proper social distancing guidance inside and outside of the hospital. She said that all employees are screened before each work shift, using temperature checks and questions about the presence of symptoms.
"We have a very robust employee health service and we'll be following up with that individual person and saying where were your contacts, do you have any symptoms," Kingston said.
Dr. Robert Citronberg, director of infectious disease at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, said during the virtual town hall that immediate testing of this employee for COVID-19 "is probably too early." Testing might not turn up the presence of the disease for days.
The health system requires masks be worn by anyone who enters one of its locations and will provide masks to people who do not have one, according to the Advocate Aurora Safe Care Promise.
In response to the Wisconsin ruling, Advocate system CEO Jim Skogsbergh said that "we've got to get our economy back rolling again," so people need to be able to resume activities, while still protecting ourselves and avoiding social gatherings, where it is virtually impossible to practice safe social distancing.
"There has to be a balance; we have to figure out how to safety go out and maintain social distancing," Citronberg said.
"Advocate Aurora execs respond to report of bar-going nurse in Wisconsin" originally appeared in Crain's Chicago Business.