US: FEMA prepares to send PPE to nursing homes – after almost 11,000 COVID-19 deaths confirmed in facilities

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A case of ‘too little, too late’?

The United States’ Federal Emergency Management Agency is preparing to send Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies including masks, gowns and gloves to nursing homes across the country, weeks after the pandemic began.

The move will target homes with the worst outbreaks, including those in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey, according to CNN, starting as early as today.

“Obviously we wish that we’d had that same focus on them starting in February, but we haven’t, and there’s nothing we can do about it. We’re pleased that we have it now,” Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, which represents over 14,000 nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in the US, said.

It is estimated around 4,000 facilities in the US currently have residents with COVID-19.