Nursing Homes Still Lacking PPE as COVID-19 Surges
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- Two nursing studies has revealed that US nursing homes still lack personal protective equipment (PPE) as the outbreak continues to spike in the country
- One of the studies found that 20% of facilities had less than a week's supply of at least one type of PPE
- The other study showed that nursing homes owned by private equity firms stored less PPE than those under other types of ownership
- The first study noted that stores of critical PPE like N95 masks declined 7 months into the pandemic, and worsened over the summer.
- From May to August, nearly 50% of all nursing homes reported that they did not even have a week's supply of at least one type of PPE
- Three times as many facilities reported that they had no N95 masks or gowns in late August