Murphy visits Norwalk to give hospital a check up

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) speaks to NancyOnNorwalk, Wednesday in Norwalk Hospital. (Harold F. Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) came to town Wednesday to visit Norwalk Hospital to thank health care workers and other frontline staff for their life-saving work throughout the pandemic.

“The stresses on frontline health care workers and nurses and doctors on staff are just really hard to comprehend, if you don’t sort of come here in person. We’re obviously continuing to try to get emergency funding to hospitals, to state and local governments right now,” Murphy said. “And so I want to learn what more I need to be working on in order to keep people safe, and what we need to do to make sure that we continue to move folks into the healthcare workforce pipelines, so as to make sure that these places remain well staffed.”

Video by Harold F. Cobin at end of story

The visit was promoted as an open discussion with Norwalk Hospital leaders about hospital capacity and staffing challenges due to COVID-19 infections, but those talks were held in private.

“So many hospitals right now are very short staffed, because so many staff have been positive, that folks are just, you know, really having to stretch themselves incredibly thin to get the job done,” Murphy said.

President Joe Biden has “made a renewed commitment to testing” and people have more access to KN95 masks and tests than they did a month ago, Murphy said. While “we need to continue to ramp up the production of both surgical masks and home testing equipment so that families have more that it’s in their own control,” there needs to be “a greater aperture in the healthcare workforce pipeline, because, you know, we’re going to have a need to bring more and more people in the healthcare workforce.”

Murphy said the CDC made mistakes early in the pandemic but, “I think they have broadly recovered very well. I think, you know, right now, we’re still in crisis management, but we are going to have to take a serious look at how we better prepare the country.”


13 responses to “Murphy visits Norwalk to give hospital a check up”

  1. DryAsABone

    Nice of him to take time out from his busy travel schedule to see how the little people live.
    I am glad that he finally purchased a home in Connecticut, but does he and his family actually live here?
    Also…what are the chances he and his family will actually receive care from a hospital in this state while he is in office? Slim to none?
    There is something wrong with our government and more specifically, the Senate.

  2. Seve

    It’s time to give this guy his walking papers. He is so out of touch with reality because his mind has been polluted by Democrat talking points. He was still telling people that Trump had colluded with the Russians even after the entire story had been revealed as total BS. the fact that he voted for the ridiculous “Build Back Broke Bill” should tell you everything. He is a sheep being led off a cliff.

  3. Piberman

    We ought remember and be appreciative that most of the donations that made Norwalk Hospital our City’s most prominent institution have come from our surrounding neighbors. Together with our first responders available 24/7 we are truly privileged to have a first class hospital. The ER is a godsend to many of our City residents unable to secure regular medical assistance.

    It still remains puzzling why CT’s gov’t collects nearly 1 billion in taxes from our hospitals. And why Yale New Haven associated with Yale Medical School – one of the world’s prominent Medical Schools – reportedly is CT’s largest taxpayer at $350 million,. That’s a powerful disincentive for major firms seeking potential investment in CT. So far none of the Legislators I’ve asked have explained why it’s necessary to tax our hospitals who save countless lives such astonishing sums.

    Finally I’ve noticed over the years many of our Hospital’s staff are immigrants. Among its many virtues our hospital is a continuing source of good jobs in our City.

  4. CT Lost

    One of the dimmest bulbs in the Senate, Phil Murphy continues to illustrate why he is also one of the least productive and least original thinkers in the Senate. Mr. Murphy is better suited as a regular Opinion contributor on the Rachel Maddow show; perpetuating debunked hoaxes and drowning in his own hatred for the former President rather than in representing his Constituents.
    On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give Mr. Murphy a buck and a half.

  5. Mike Mushak

    He’s one of the brightest Senators, intelligent and visionary and not afraid to stand up to the kind of ignorance and lies the right pushes every day, and getting worse to the point of threatening our democracy.

    I’m proud to call both Murphy and Blumenthal our faithful and focused Senators, who are fighting to defend our nation from the current threats of fascism we see from the party of Trump and his treasonous followers.

  6. JustaTaxpayer

    As Nancy Pelosi so aptly stated, in some political races, a glass of water with a “D” on it wins

  7. Piet Marks

    That would be CHRIS Murphy. That said, my wife has been a patient at Norwalk Hospital too too too many times in the last several years, we have nothing but admiration for this institution and it’s staff. Myself, I had a pacemaker implanted there 12 years ago in an emergency, as well as later spending a week in the ICU with sepsis, both times Norwalk Hospital saved my life.

  8. Piberman

    Perhaps the reader praising our Senators could remind us of the major legislation they initiated that benefited CT’s citizens. Some of us remember mild mannered Sen Joe Lieberman who “got stuff done” and made a real difference for CT and America.
    A small State doesn’t oft get the opportunity to elect a Senator who makes a real difference. Who answered telephone calls personally in his office. And as a true gentlemen refrained from criticizing others or the opposing Party. Especially on TV.
    Our current Senators are cut from a different cloth. As are our Senators generally.

  9. George

    How about doing a check up photo op at a gas station, supermarket or lumber yard? You to Mike Mushak?

    Fuel prices up 40 percent in 1 year, inflation up 7 percent since October.

    All due to the Biden bone heads and their do called climate change joke.

    Oh, let’s follow Germany’s plan. How’d that work out for Germany? The shut down all their fossil fuel energy plants and switched to eind and solar. Yup, now they are burning more fossil fuel now than before. Guess where the source of the fossil fuel is. Russia and the new pipe line Biden let them build.

  10. Tysen Canevari

    Mushak your one sided comments are what is wrong with society these days. You classify humans as a political party versus being “human beings”. Sad. As a business owner do you not take money from so called republicans? I doubt it

  11. JustaTaxpayer

    Next thing I’m going to be told is that our current President is the smartest most articulate leader ever. Who writes these words “current threat of fascism”. Hardly a mindset that is progressive, welcoming, no matter who you are on your faith journey.

  12. John C. Miller, Jr.

    @Tysen Canivari: Did you really expect something different than the usual mindless, partisan rhetoric from Mike Mushak. It’s rather ironic that his “faithful, focused” Senators Murphy and Blumenthal seem to be more focused on protecting the borders and preserving the sovereignty and democracy in Ukraine rather than focusing on defending the sovereignty of the United States of America by protecting our Southern Border with Mexico. And, let’s not forget what happened at Kabul Airport in Afghanistan back in August which resulted in the loss of thirteen of our service members and was an unmitigated disaster and disgrace.

  13. Tysen Canevari


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