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PA DOH to review assistance provided to long-term care facilities during pandemic

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Department of Health Executive Deputy Secretary Keara Klinepeter hosted a virtual media briefing to discuss the Wolf Administration’s work to assist long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been more than 2,775 outbreaks in 1,586 long-term care facilities, the department said Thursday.

Klinepeter says the state utilized rapid response teams to staff facilities in need, along with the Pennsylvania National Guard to address staffing gaps and help facilities that had an influx of positive COVID-19 cases.

The department says they are continuing to ensure these facilities have the equipment and staff necessary to respond to the pandemic. Along with this, the DOH says a large amount of PPE has been distributed to the facilities in need this includes:

• More than 2.8 million procedure masks
• More than 15 million gloves
• More than one million gowns
• More than 560,000 face shields
• More than 106,000 coveralls
• More than 590,000 bottles of hand sanitizer

Testing was conducted at all 692 facilities in the commonwealth, the DOH provided more than 65,000 tests to these facilities.

Moving forward, the department published a strategy to ensure that new residents and new employees also can get the COVID-19 vaccine on an ongoing basis. The strategy includes working with the Federal Pharmacy Partnership to ensure all facilities receive vaccines.

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