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PPE Shortage Briefing

PPE Shortage Briefings feature the latest news from Get Us PPE on the fight to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare and frontline workers. PPE includes lifesaving equipment like N95 face masks, nitrile gloves, gowns, and face shields.

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PPE Weekly Briefing: Does the US have enough personal protective equipment? The answer is still no.

By Advocacy, PPE Shortage Briefing

The Big Picture Experts are warning we are officially in the third surge of the coronavirus pandemic. An update on the numbers: the United States recorded over 8.5 million coronavirus cases and 224,000 deaths. North Dakota, South Dakota, and Louisiana have the highest case rates (cases per 100,000), but cases are no longer rising solely in the South. States around the country are reporting record surges of cases, and some hospitals are already being overwhelmed.  Case Surge and Mask Mandate CNN reports the country’s seven-day average of new daily cases has increased 84% since September. Public health officials warn that…

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PPE Weekly Briefing: PPE for Schools, Unprotected Hospital Workers, Long Term Effects of the Pandemic

By PPE Shortage Briefing, Schools

By Unnati Gupta The Big Picture Over 500,000 children have now been diagnosed with COVID-19 (almost 10% of the United States’ total cases): a shocking reminder that this pandemic is not over. While children are likely to have mild to no symptoms, COVID-19 rates in children bring significant concern to the susceptibility of multigenerational families, as children can easily spread this virus to others around them. Black and Hispanic children are being disproportionately affected, reflecting similar trends seen with adults.  Hospital Workers Left Unprotected As new demographics rapidly contract COVID-19, one story remains unchanged: the lack of PPE in hospitals….

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PPE Weekly Briefing: The Many Costs of the PPE Shortage

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By Rebecca Finkel The Big Picture: COVID Rates Rising in the South As of this posting, the CDC is reporting a total number of 6,181,474 COVID-19 cases in the country, which is an increase of 290,942 in the past seven days. California, Florida and Texas still lead the country in total cases, but case rates (# of infections per capita) are highest in the Southeast part of the country, the highest being recorded in Louisiana, Florida, and Mississippi. Louisiana reported 5,425 new cases in the past seven days, which brings the state’s current rate to 3,270 cases per 100,000 residents. …

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PPE Weekly Briefing: School Reopenings and a Surge of Natural Disasters

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By Rebecca Finkel The Big Picture: Natural Disasters Complicate a Crisis This week saw an increase of nearly 300,000 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., bringing the total to 5,799,046 total cases. The states that saw the highest increases were California, Texas and Florida. Complicating this challenging public health situation are concurrent natural disasters: the wildfires in California and Hurricane Laura, which landed on the Gulf coast on Thursday. Each of these situations caused people to evacuate, creating a need for PPE at shelters. Shelters, which can be crowded, are at particular risk for creating super spreader events. The decreased…

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PPE Weekly Briefing: School reopenings, disparities in access, and change through art

By PPE Shortage Briefing, Schools

By Unnati Gupta, Blog writer at GetUsPPE The Big Picture As cases continue to rise, many states have started to slow in their case growth, but certain states like Georgia, California, and Texas have not yet seen the worst. A recent report leaked by the White House Task Force has advised Georgia to initiate a state-wide mask mandate. Following these recommendations, Republican governor Brain Kemp was scheduled to sign an executive order to mandate masks in public places but not private businesses. Many states have followed similar guidelines, but numbers have continuously shown that simply advising social distancing and mask-wearing…

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