“If more people in Virginia had the option of paid sick leave, we could have significantly reduced the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, those who don’t have the option cannot afford to miss work. Even when PTO is available, you have to put in time to get time. Long shifts, unsafe conditions, and unpleasant environments.

Right now we are battling a shortage of Healthcare employees that has placed us into crisis mode. This adds the stress of knowing you have no option to stay home because YOU are necessary.

All business/organizations and ESPECIALLY Healthcare settings should implement the use of PTO for all employees. I say this because, when working in a hospital with immunocompromised patients, the last thing they need is a sick nurse/doctor caring for them.

Change needs to happen.”