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Oregon nurse placed on leave after posting anti-mask TikTok

The nurse bragged on TikTok about not wearing a mask.

 

Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Published Nov 30, 2020   Updated Nov 30, 2020, 11:42 am CST

A nurse in Salem, Oregon has been placed on administrative leave after her TikTok mocking COVID-19 protocols went viral.

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According to the Salem Statesman Journal, the woman, identified as Ashley Grames, works at Salem Health. On Saturday, the hospital posted a statement about the TikTok, saying: “This individual does not speak for Salem Health and has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.”

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Grames’ TikTok account has been deleted, but the video was included in a duet. In the clip, Grames uses audio from How the Grinch Stole Christmas to accompany this 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.”

The caption of the duet summed up a lot of people’s thoughts about a healthcare worker publicly flouting basic COVID protocols in the middle of a massive nationwide surge in cases and deaths: “Imagine being an oncology nurse during a pandemic and bragging about not taking precautions.”

Last week, a nurse in Florida bragged about not wearing a mask outside of her workplace.

https://www.tiktok.com/@amandabutcher2/video/6899924311990095110

According to the Salem Statesman Journal, Salem Health reportedly has the highest number of employee-related COVID cases of any hospital in the state (including family members of employees). The investigation will look into who Grames was recently in contact with at the hospital.

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In its statement, Salem Health reassured the community “that this one careless statement does not reflect the position of Salem Health or the hardworking and dedicated caregivers who work here.”


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*First Published: Nov 30, 2020, 11:41 am CST