Jul 22, 2020 - Health

Nurses place 164 pairs of shoes at Capitol to honor colleagues killed by coronavirus

 Scott Weinstein, Nurse at Washington Hospital places nurses shoes during a Vigil For Nurses Who've Died From Covid-19 at the U.S. Capital on July 21
Scott Weinstein, a nurse at Washington Hospital, places nurses shoes during a vigil at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday for colleagues who died from COVID-19. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

A nurses' union placed shoes on the Capitol lawn Tuesday in memory of all their colleagues who've died of the novel coronavirus and to demand the Senate pass House Democrats' $3 trillion pandemic recovery package.

The big picture: The nurses say the HEROES Act would provide necessary workplace protections, per ABC News. Nurse Stephanie Simms told AFP union members lay 88 pairs of shoes at the White House two months ago to represent colleagues killed by COVID-19. "Today we have 164 pairs of shoes," she said. "They clearly show how this administration and this Congress has failed nurses who continue to die." Republicans are preparing their own coronavirus stimulus bill this week.

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