Baltimore County has secured 60,000 surgical masks, 40,000 isolation gowns, and a substantial number of gloves to give to struggling nursing homes.
The personal protective equipment acquired by the county cost $225,000 and will be used to supplement supplies that the nursing homes source from the state or private companies.
The Baltimore Sun reports:
The supplies will be given upon request to long-term care facilities where county survey data indicates a need for the equipment; if a state “strike team” requests indicates equipment shortage; if Baltimore County emergency services teams notice a need when they respond to a facility to provide patient care; if the Baltimore County Department of Health determines a need exists that could best be addressed through a disbursement of county-purchased supplies.
Improved access to personal protective equipment is a major factor in loosening social distancing restrictions in Baltimore County, County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. said in a statement Monday.
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Baltimore County secures protective equipment for struggling nursing homes, a ‘critical’ component for reopening (The Baltimore Sun)