Ohio senator calls for mass testing in prisons, nursing homes

Posted May 15, 2020 by

Ohio Senate Democratic Leader Kenny Yuko joins OCSEA, SEIU 1199, the Ohio Nurses Association and the Ohio ACLU in calling for mass testing in all Ohio prisons. The northern Ohio senator and unions are also calling for mass testing in Ohio's nursing homes.

"Ohio's essential workers deserve every possible safety measure. This is especially critical in facilities where residents are confined together and distancing is nearly impossible," said Yuko in a statement this week. "We've seen how quickly this virus spreads through nursing homes and prisons, yet frontline workers enter these buildings every day to do their jobs without complaint. The least we can do is provide adequate testing," he said.

Yuko says, without mass testing, essential workers, nursing home residents and prisoners alike have to assume they're infected. OCSEA members have to worry about infecting their loved ones and have the constant stress of being a potential carrier, simply for doing their job.

"Politicians keep thanking frontline workers. It's time to do something for them. Let's show our gratitude with action," said the senator.