California has gone insane, and idiot companies like Scripps are making it worse.
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Scripps Health Violating State Regulations on the Mask Medical Exemptions
LA JOLLA, CA – Since October 1, 2021 Scripps Health has been fighting with Ms. Tienken in regards to their policies on wearing a mask per the mask mandate Governor Newsom put into effect on June 18th 2020. Within the mask mandate Governor Newsom added the current medical exemptions for those that could not wear a mask medically.
Here are the requirements according to the California Department of Public Health on their website:
Exemptions to masks requirements
The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times:
• Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
• Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
• Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
• Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
On November 2nd at 12:50pm Wendy Sweet, Scripps Director of Patients Relations called Ms. Tienken and told her that Scripps will not allow her on the premise of any Scripps building without a mask, even with a medical exemption. When Ms. Tienken explained that the California Department of Public Health website, states that it’s illegal for Scripps to mandate a mask on those with medical exemptions. Mrs. Sweet repeated her words again 3x and stated that she talked to Ghazala Sharieff, MD, MBA, Corporate SVP, Chief Medical officer, Acute Care, and Clinical Excellence and that she refused to acknowledge the mask medical exemption.
Ms. Tienken asked Mrs. Sweet for a letter stipulating, that Scripps Health refuses to acknowledge the State regulations on the mask medical exemptions. Mrs. Sweet said she would send an email letter to Ms. Tienken clarifying Scripps positions on the matter. To this date, Scripps has yet to send the letter they promised Ms. Tienken. Ms. Tienken continues “Scripps health is purposely refusing to follow the regulations that are in place.” she further explains “This, clearly is a dereliction of duty, that is putting people’s health and lives at risk.
Misty Tienken currently is a fully vaccinated patient of Scripps Health and is immune compromised. She’s been battling Crohn’s Disease for 10 years and suffers from numerous other health issues that are complications of the Disease. She has a medical exemption, because she can’t breathe, becomes severely dizzy and loses consciousness. She’s been hospitalized many times over this and sent to a medical rehabilitation facility.
Currently, she’s unwilling to comply to Scripps Orwellian, unjustified, and illegal demands that could potentially put her health and life at risk. Ms. Tienken states “If masks are such a great deterrent, then why did the California Department of Public Health send out a health order on July 26th, 2021, that states: Current requirements of staff in healthcare settings, such as universal mask requirements for all staff are not proving sufficient to prevent transmission of Delta.” Ms. Tienken continues, “If the health order is correct, then why have a mask mandate at all? Especially, for those of us that are medically at risk, if we wore one. Scripps is wrong. They know they are, and they refuse to acknowledge it.
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