Keeping up with demand for PPE critical for health care workers

Coronavirus Local Impact

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Although the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts is significantly lower than in other parts of the country, a sufficient amount of PPE is still a necessity for healthcare workers.

Judith Pare of the Massachusetts Nurses Association said there is still a lack of communication as to where we stand in terms of our supply.

“What I mean by that is that there is no standardization to communicate the amount of PPE that is in the commonwealth and how it will be distributed.”

Judith Pare, Director of Nursing for MNA

Pare said The Massachusetts Nurses Association has been working to add to the amount of PPE health care agencies can supply but she hopes to hear a plan from the state as soon as possible.

Pare added it’s important to start stocking up on PPE now before the second wave of the virus sometime in the fall.

“What the scientists are saying is to be prepared for the fall. It’s a multi layered problem that requires a multi layer approach. We should be implementing that approach now and not wait for our numbers to tick up before we do something,” said Pare.

PPE is more affordable when buying in bulk. Massachusetts said they order PPE along with six other states who are part of The Northeast Coalition.

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