Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Update on FEMA PPE Supply to Nursing Homes

FEMA will coordinate two shipments totaling a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to nursing homes across the nation. By the beginning of July, each center will receive two separate packages containing a seven-day supply of eye protection, surgical masks, gowns, and gloves. Each center will receive an allotment of all four items based on the staff size of the facility.

The Level 1 medical gowns included in the shipments are intended for use in basic care settings for minimal risk situations. The gowns are durable and can be washed 30 to 50 times.

Due to the large number of nursing homes, centers are not likely to receive notification prior to their shipment arriving. However, as possible, FEMA will provide notification to a state prior to shipments arriving at their Medicaid/Medicare-certified facilities.

The first shipments will begin this week and will continue throughout May. Initial shipments will focus on metropolitan-area priority sites, such as New York City, Northern New Jersey, Boston, Chicago and Washington D.C. The second shipment of supplies will start at the beginning of June. AHCA will continue to share more information as it becomes available.

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