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COVID and my Civic Duty: A Poll Worker’s PPE Conundrum

By PPE Insights

You’ve seen it mentioned everywhere as a way to help this election: Become a poll worker. But even while wearing personal protective equipment like a mask, balancing the risk of possible COVID infection while working the polls — to fulfill one’s civic duty during this pivotal election is no easy feat. I learned there’s more to consider beyond poll worker PPE. The Pull of Political Activeness I’ve never felt so compelled to be as politically active as I have this year. Clearly, I’m not alone with 70.4 million voters already cast by Tuesday evening, more than half the total amount…

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Interview: Get Us PPE’s Stephanie Zeller Uses Data to See the Big Picture

By Behind the Scenes, Interviews, PPE Insights

By Rebecca Finkel As pandemic restrictions begin to lift, many of us are left facing questions that feel impossible to answer: Is it safe to visit family? Can my children go to school? Eat in or take out? What makes these decisions particularly difficult is that the risk we’re trying to avoid is largely invisible — How do you protect yourself from a danger that you can’t even see? Besides PPE, one of the best tools that we have in this fight is data. Get Us PPE is the leading nonprofit distributing donated PPE in the United States, and we…

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Get Us PPE’s New Shortage Index Confirms Ongoing National PPE Crisis

By PPE Data, PPE Insights, Press Releases

Monthly Report of PPE Shortage Data Shows 77% of Facilities Have No Supply Remaining of One or More Types of PPE WASHINGTON, D.C. –  September 2, 2020. Get Us PPE, the nation’s largest nonprofit delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline facilities in need, today announced the launch of the PPE Shortage Index, a detailed monthly report on the ongoing PPE crisis in the United States. The Index shows that thousands of healthcare facilities and other frontline organizations are still facing alarming shortages of personal protective equipment. In August, 77% of facilities in the Get Us PPE database had no…

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Back-to-School PPE Needs to Keep Students and Teachers Safe

By PPE Insights, Schools

By Deepthi Sathya As the end of summer vacation draws near, many uncertainties remain for local leaders tasked to safely reopen schools, businesses, and other facilities. One thing we know for sure—school this fall will look very different than usual. Some schools are offering a blended in-person teaching schedule, where students can go to school in-person for a few days per week. However, this leaves many working parents concerned about child care options.  Teachers and administrators, on the other hand, are worried about the lack of funding in some schools, and how it will affect the availability of PPE to…

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Phone Banking Initiative to Update the Get Us PPE Demand Database

By Advocacy, PPE Insights

By Emma Swidler, a Team Leader for the Phone Banking Initiative and a blog contributor at GetUsPPE.org. By late April, many states were eagerly preparing to reopen. But frontline workers knew that the nation was nowhere close to a state of safety. Amed Family Clinic in Nashville, Tennessee was one of many healthcare facilities within the US that had rapidly dwindling PPE supplies. Staff and doctors were using rain ponchos as gowns, and the number of cases at the clinic were rising.  As more facilities faced the same bleak reality, Dr. Megan Ranney and Dr. Shuhan He, Co-Founders of GetUsPPE,…

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How to Stay Safe this 4th of July

By PPE Insights

By Deepthi Sathya Fourth of July, one of the most memorable events of the year, is going to look very different this year. In the past four months, many states have closed schools and temporarily shuttered local businesses as a way to keep people safe. Children have been learning in a virtual environment. After months of social distancing, summer is a tempting time to start going out again and spend time on beaches. However, we must remember that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Many counties in states including New York and Connecticut have cancelled their 4th…

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Black Lives Matter protesters wearing protective masks, PPE for Black Lives Fund

The PPE for Black Lives Fund

By Advocacy, PPE Insights

In June, over 46,900 units of PPE were distributed by GetUsPPE affiliates to Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters in cities including Los Angeles, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Chicago, New York, New Haven, Chicago, Portland, and Washington D.C. The PPE being made and delivered to protesters is supported by our PPE for Black Lives Fund, which we recently launched to fundraise for this vital area of work. The fund supports PPE going to protesters, and any additional funding for protective equipment left over if and when protesters no longer need it will be directed toward healthcare and essential workers in Black communities….

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