June 30, 2020

Senators Press FEMA For Answers on ‘Defective' PPE Sent To Nursing Homes

Some nursing home administrators said they got some masks that weren't for clinical use, cases of moldy equipment and billowing surgical gowns.

Two New England senators are pressing the federal government to explain its plan to supply nursing homes with personal protective gear after reports surfaced that some equipment supplied by FEMA was inadequate or defective.

In a letter sent last week to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Sens. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said they want to know how much gear FEMA has distributed to nursing homes and long-term care facilities, where it's going and what quality control measures the agency uses.

The letter comes after some nursing home administrators and advocates told the NBC10 Boston Investigators they haven't received enough personal protective gear from the federal government to keep vulnerable seniors safe during the pandemic.

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Read the full article on the NBC Boston website here. 


By:  Ally Donnelly and Jim Haddadin
Source: NBC Boston