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VA May Not Have Enough Protective Equipment for Second Coronavirus Wave: Official

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — The U.S. Section of Veterans Affairs claims it...

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — The U.S. Section of Veterans Affairs claims it may perhaps not have enough individual protective gear for health care staff if there’s a next wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

At the peak of the pandemic, the VA’s 170 health care centers were applying 250,000 N95 masks a day, which was a “challenging total,” the department’s top rated health official, Dr. Richard Stone, instructed the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday, the Linked Push reported.

Currently, the VA has about a thirty-day offer of masks, robes and other protective gear. But the company wants a 60-day offer to fulfill increasing demand as the VA commences to absolutely reopen its health care centers, and it would demand a 6-month offer to cope with a next wave of COVID-19, according to Stone.

“A upcoming pandemic wave may perhaps test all of us in our preparing,” Stone instructed the committee, the AP reported.

In preparing for a probable next wave, Stone reported the VA has additional more than 18,000 health care staff and will employ more, and is making ready four “readiness centers” that will be stocked with individual protective gear.

He also noted that the VA is at the moment spending $one hundred million a month on individual protective gear, compared with $10 million a month right before the pandemic, the AP reported.

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