This week was interesting. Ms. Loud had to go out of town because her Uncle was dying, and they are very close. He sadly passed away two days ago. Apparently he had terminal liver cancer.
In the meantime, on Tuesday, one of our dental assistants left abruptly. We weren't given any information about why. Was she fired? Sick? Did she quit? No one knew....lots of speculation, gossip, etc. Later in the day someone discovered that she had a positive Covid test. Someone said one of our patients called in last week to report they were positive, and she had worked on that patient. Of course, there is no way to know how she was infected.
We also noticed that about an hour later, there was a mandatory staff meeting on the schedule for the next day. Still no confirmation or information on why she is gone.
Yesterday we had the meeting ~ and "to protect the identity of the person" they admitted without the name, that she/he/it is positive for covid. I don't know about anyone else, but I thought that statement was stupid. We all know who it is. When you have a staff of 17, and one person is out.....only a moron would wonder to themselves, "gee, I wonder who it is?". They discussed the complaints our office received about staff who weren't wearing their masks or were wearing them incorrectly (yes, we have one person who's nose is hanging out all the time). The doc's are upset about this, and the view that patients have that our office might not be safe. Although I agree with them, I think this is all over-blown. We have been working as we are right now, for 1 1/2 years and this is the first time we've had a staff member test positive. I've been waiting for this day. We lean over patients faces all day long for pete's sake.
Then, they stated that our non-vaccinated staff will, in the near future, be required to be tested every week. And the fireworks exploded. One staff member went on and on, and it was obvious she was taking it all very personally. After hashing it out a bit, they decided our office would buy the test kits for testing instead of asking them to go to a testing center, which does seem fair to me. I would hate to have to go to one of those places every week. I was shocked to learn that to buy test kits for the number of un-vaccinated to be tested each week for two months would cost the practice over $1,000. But one person said she refused to be tested every week. Period.
While our doc's are trying to figure out where to go from here, there was lots of gossip, complaints, speculation. I was laying as low as I could, trying not to get dragged into it. Dreading when Ms. Loud returned to work, which was today. And I was right to be concerned.
Apparently she, and a few of the other non-vaccinated staff agreed that they would be ok with testing if everyone is tested. Ms. Loud was saying that it's discrimination to require testing only from those without the jab. Then she compared it to Christians and Jews, and then I had to say it's nothing like that, omg, that's a ridiculous comparison. Then I turned around to my desk and said no more.
Our OM (office manager) confided that if the doc's fold on their plan she will retire. Which she is eventually planning on doing anyway, but she's tired of this situation that she knew would come, and has been trying to discuss with them for a year. I have no idea what will ensue. If I had all my ducks lined up I would give my notice tomorrow. I am sick and tired of these non-vaccinated people crying out because they can't go to the state fair (ours is requiring it), Truthfully they probably wouldn't have gone anyway, but they feel justified to constantly bitch about it.
I am vaccinated. I couldn't wait to get vaccinated. I understand some people don't want to, and support their right to remain unprotected. But don't expect a lot of sympathy from me when consequences have to be paid.