COVID-19 Updates

April 6, 2020

Supplies Urgently Needed At Long-Term Care Facilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

Provider Magazine (4/3, Connole, 151K) reported “skilled nursing and assisted living communities countrywide continue to need urgent supplies of masks, gowns, and related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as the physical toll of caring for residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic runs unabated, according to advocates for the long term and post-acute care profession.” Vice president for quality, regulatory, and clinical services at the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living Holly Harmon said, “We cannot do this alone. We cannot beat this virus alone.” Harmon noted “that the association’s leadership, member facilities, and other stakeholders have worked every source to get more PPE where it is needed inside of buildings,” adding, “We appreciate the effort of manufacturers and the public who have helped, but we still need PPE. We need more now, and more needs to be done as facilities get desperate.”