HealthDay Reports: VA May Not Have Enough PPE for Second COVID-19 Wave
Currently, the VA has about a 30-day supply of masks, gowns and other protective gear.
VA May Not Have Enough PPE for Second COVID-19 Wave
WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it may not have enough personal protective equipment for medical staff if there is a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the peak of the pandemic, the VA's 170 medical centers were using 250,000 N95 masks a day, which was a "daunting amount," the department's top health official, Richard Stone, M.D., told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
Currently, the VA has about a 30-day supply of masks, gowns, and other protective gear. But the agency needs a 60-day supply to meet growing demand as the VA starts to fully reopen its medical centers, and it would require a six-month supply to cope with a second wave of COVID-19, according to Stone. "A future pandemic wave may test all of us in our preparation," Stone told the committee, the AP reported.