WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — The U.S. Section of Veterans Affairs says it may perhaps not have ample own protecting gear for health-related personnel if there’s a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
At the peak of the pandemic, the VA’s 170 health-related facilities have been utilizing 250,000 N95 masks a working day, which was a “daunting total,” the department’s best well being formal, Dr. Richard Stone, informed the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday, the Involved Press claimed.
At present, the VA has about a 30-working day source of masks, robes and other protecting gear. But the agency wants a sixty-working day source to meet increasing need as the VA commences to entirely reopen its health-related facilities, and it would have to have a six-month source to cope with a second wave of COVID-19, in accordance to Stone.
“A long term pandemic wave may perhaps examination all of us in our preparation,” Stone informed the committee, the AP claimed.
In preparation for a feasible second wave, Stone said the VA has additional extra than 18,000 health-related personnel and will retain the services of extra, and is preparing four “readiness facilities” that will be stocked with own protecting gear.
He also noted that the VA is now paying out $one hundred million a month on own protecting gear, as opposed with $10 million a month just before the pandemic, the AP claimed.
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