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Jaines Andrades: From janitor to health care worker

“It’s tough to be the person that cleans. If I had to go back and do it again, I would. It’s so worth it,” Andrades told CNN affiliate WBZ-TV.
In a Facebook post, Andrades wrote about her journey from hospital custodian to nurse practitioner and posted a picture of all three of her IDs.

She said her journey at the Springfield hospital started when she got a call for an interview. At the time she had been working at a fast food restaurant, according to WBZ-TV.

She said she always wanted to help people. “Even if it was cleaning, as long as I was near patient care I’d be able to observe things. I thought it was a good idea,” she said.

Her favorite part of nursing is bringing relief and comfort to her patients. “I just really love the intimacy with people,” Andrades told the CNN affiliate.

And now she has realized her dream. She became a Baystate nurse, and then a nurse practitioner in the very same place she used to clean.

“Nurses and providers, we get the credit more often but people in environmental and phlebotomy and dietary all of them have such a huge role. I couldn’t do my job without them,” Andrades said.

And she says she feels happy her story is inspiring others.

“I’m so appreciative and like in awe that my story can inspire people,” Andrades told WBZ-TV. “I’m so glad. If I can inspire anyone, that in itself made the journey worth it.”

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Fourth SoCal Whole Foods Worker Tests Positive For Coronavirus

SANTA MONICA, CA — Another Whole Foods Market worker in Santa Monica has tested positive for the coronavirus — the fourth employee at one of the grocery chain’s smallest locations in the U.S. to test positive in the last several months.

The worker is in quarantine and apparently did not get sick at the store, according to an employee at the 1425 Montana Ave. location who spoke with Patch.

Employees have complained that the location is small and makes it difficult to socially distance between customers and workers. The store is so small that the employees have a separate break room off-site, in an area separate from the store.

Essential workers have faced some of the greatest risk throughout the pandemic. Whole Foods workers are Amazon employees and have no union representation. Patch reached out to CAL/OSHA for more information about this location.

Patch reached out to Whole Foods Market for a statement of how it is responding to the ongoing cases, with the most recent known and disclosed case in July.

“We have had positive COVID-19 cases in this location since the start of the pandemic, but are not able to share details out of respect for the privacy of our team members,” a Whole Foods Market spokesperson told Patch.

Employees at this Whole Foods location receive text message alerts when a team member tests positive for the coronavirus.

Store officials report the location has had “a professional deep cleaning and disinfection since the last diagnosis of COVID-19 in this location. Not sure where you received the info that this store is the smallest in the company, but that’s not verified,” the spokesperson said.

Patch asked this spokesperson, who is in Texas, whether they have visited the location. It appears they have not.

Whole Foods continues to release the following statement to Patch:

“The safety of our Team Members and customers is our top priority and we are diligently following all guidance from local health and food safety authorities. We’ve been working closely with our store Team Members, and are supporting the diagnosed Team Member, who is in quarantine. Out of an abundance of caution, the store has performed a professional deep cleaning and disinfection, on top of our current enhanced sanitation measures. All Whole Foods Market stores continue to operate under social distancing and crowd control measures. Additionally, we have installed plexiglass barriers at check out, are requiring temperature checks and face masks for anyone working in our stores, and have implemented enhanced daily cleanliness and disinfection protocols in all of our stores.”

“Any time we learn of a presumed or confirmed diagnosis in any of our stores or facilities, we activate a set plan to protect the privacy of the impacted person while also mitigating any potential risks to our Team Members and customers. That plan includes comprehensive cleaning, contact tracing and a formal notification processes for those working in our stores. There is no higher priority for us than ensuring the health and safety