PPE still lacking in nursing homes as COVID doubles down | CIDRAP (Not rounding any corner and not even catching up with needs)

The first report, published yesterday by the US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) and the Frontier Group, said that, 7 months into the pandemic, shortages of critical PPE like N95 respirators and medical gowns had worsened rather than improved. The shortages were reported to the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by 2,981 (19.9%) of the nation’s 15,000 nursing homes; in total, the affected homes have 226,495 residents. From May to August, 46% of all nursing homes reported that they didn’t have even a week’s supply of at least one type of PPE. The dearth of supplies worsened over the summer, with three times as many facilities reporting that they had no N95s, gowns, or eye protection in late August as in mid-July.

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