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Around the nation: 40% of restaurant food poisoning outbreaks linked to sick restaurant workers


Restaurant workers showing up sick or contagious was linked to around 40% of restaurant food poisoning outbreaks with a known cause between 2017 and 2019, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia and Nevada.

 

  • Georgia: The Carter Center on Tuesday announced that former first lady Rosalynn Carter has been diagnosed with dementia and is living "happily at home with her husband, enjoying spring in Plains and visits with loved ones." During her time in public life, Carter worked to increase access to mental healthcare and decrease stigma around mental health issues, the Carter Center said in its statement. "We recognize, as she did more than half a century ago, that stigma is often a barrier that keeps individuals and their families from seeking and getting much-needed support," the Carter Center said. "We hope sharing our family's news will increase important conversations at kitchen tables and in doctor's offices around the country." (Habeshian, Axios, 5/30)
  • Georgia: Restaurant workers showing up sick or contagious was linked to around 40% of restaurant food poisoning outbreaks with a known cause between 2017 and 2019, according to a new report from CDC. Researchers found that norovirus and salmonella were the most common cause of 800 outbreaks studied across 875 restaurants reported by 25 state and local health departments. While 85% of the restaurants said they had policies requiring staff to not work while sick, only around 16% of those policies required workers to notify managers and stay home if they had symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, and sore throat with a fever, among others. CDC investigators said there needs to be better enforcement of "comprehensive food safety policies" and emphasized the importance of basic measures like hand washing and keeping sick employees from working. (Aleccia, Associated Press, 5/30; Reilly, New York Post, 5/30)
  • Nevada: Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) codified an existing executive order from former Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) enshrining protections for out-of-state abortion patients and in-state providers. The measure prevents state agencies from assisting in out-of-state investigations that could lead to the prosecution of abortion patients traveling to Nevada and ensures medical boards and commissions overseeing medical licenses don't discipline or disqualify doctors who provide abortions. State Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro (D), who sponsored the legislation, said she wanted to thank Lombardo "for following through on his commitment to ensuring that Nevada won't participate in prosecutions of women who come here to exercise their reproductive rights." (Stern, Associated Press, 5/31)

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