A Salem Hospital nurse has been placed on administrative leave after posting a TikTok making light of coronavirus measures. TikTok
A cancer nurse at Salem Hospital in Oregon was placed on administrative leave after posting a TikTok making light of coronavirus guidance, the hospital said in a statement Saturday.
The hospital did not name the nurse, but the Statesman Journal identified her as Ashley Grames.
The TikTok showed the nurse wearing scrubs and includes the caption: “When my co workers find out I still travel, dont wear a mask when I am out and let my kids have play dates.”
Hospital officials said the nurse “displayed cavalier disregard for the seriousness of the pandemic” and “does not speak for Salem Health.”
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A Salem, Oregon, cancer nurse has been placed on administrative leave after she posted a TikTok mocking COVID-19 safety measures.
The original video showed the nurse in her scrubs sitting in what appears to be a break room. The caption said: “When my co workers find out I still travel, dont wear a mask when I am out and let my kids have play dates.”
While the nurse’s TikTok account and the original video have been taken down, another TikTok user reshared the video, so it’s still viewable.
Salem Hospital addressed the video in a statement posted on Facebook on Saturday, saying the nurse in question had been placed on administrative leave while hospital authorities investigated.
In the statement, hospital officials said the nurse “displayed cavalier disregard for the seriousness of the pandemic” and “does not speak for Salem Health.”
“Salem Health believes we all need to do our part to protect the vulnerable and stop the rapid spread of COVID-19. This includes requiring staff, patients, and visitors to follow guidance from the CDC and others about mask wearing and social distancing,” the hospital added.
“The COVID pandemic is serious and requires a serious response. And at Salem Health we are very serious about our approach to COVID.”
Hospital officials did not name the nurse, but the Statesman Journal has identified her as Ashley Grames. KPTV went to the nurse’s home, but she declined to be interviewed. Insider was not able to contact Grames for comment early Monday.
More than 1,000 people have commented on the hospital’s Facebook statement, with many calling for Grames to be fired, accusing her of risking the health of immunocompromised people.
Cancer patients are more susceptible to getting infections like COVID-19 because both cancer and cancer treatments affect the immune system’s ability to fight infections, according to Cancer.gov.
The state of Oregon is nearing the end of a “two-week freeze” meant to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, which involves the closing of gyms, restaurants switching to takeout-only, limited capacity in retail stores, and private social gatherings limited to no more than six people from two households, according to the state’s coronavirus website.
As of Friday, the most recent day for which data was available, the state had reported more than 70,000 coronavirus cases and 885 deaths. Salem is in the second-hardest hit region in the state, according to the state’s COVID-19 website.
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