Federal health employees who met coronavirus evacuees at two California military bases earlier this year did not receive proper training in safety protocols until five days after their arrival, a whistleblower said, according to a portion of the complain obtained by The New York Times. The whistleblower, described as a senior leader at the Department of Health and Human Services, also said the workers did not have adequate protective gear and were "improperly deployed" to March Air Reserve Base and Travis Air Force Base. They reportedly went into the quarantined areas where the evacuees were being processed and then would walk around other areas of the base. The whistleblower said that throughout the operation, he or she fielded "panicked calls" from deployed staffers who "expressed concern with the lack of HHS communication and coordination."

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