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Thu Mar 19, 2020, 04:23 AM

First responders still can't buy masks- even after Congress passed $8.3 billion in emergency funding

Source: RawStory

This month, Congress passed an $8.3 billion emergency bill to respond to the coronavirus crisis. The money goes toward developing vaccines, disease surveillance, disaster loans and much more. But none of it goes directly to first responders for the protective gear and supplies they need to safely combat the novel coronavirus.

Last week, ProPublica reported that firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians on the front lines are desperate for such equipment. Some EMTs are begging for masks at local hospitals. Others are rationing gowns and face shields.

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which became law March 6, only invests $10 million for “training” of first responders, money they will have to share with hospital employees and other health care workers.
“I think we know how to put our protective gear on,” said Gary Ludwig, chief of the Champaign Fire Department in Illinois, calling that part of the bill “ridiculous.”

Haydon Pitchford, an EMT in Central Virginia, has been searching for the N-95 masks that are recommended to protect against the novel coronavirus. He called the money a “paltry sum” devoted to the wrong purpose. “One would assume we’d need protective equipment for that training to be useful,” he said.


Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/first-responders-still-cant-buy-masks-even-after-congress-passed-8-3-billion-in-emergency-coronavirus-funding/

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Duppers Mar 2020 #1
OhioChick Mar 2020 #2
HockeyMom Mar 2020 #3
FailureToCommunicate Mar 2020 #5
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Duppers Mar 2020 #8
Igel Mar 2020 #6
Marrah_Goodman Mar 2020 #7
Duppers Mar 2020 #9
OhioChick Mar 2020 #10

Response to Duppers (Original post)

Thu Mar 19, 2020, 05:12 AM

1. Folks, please read OhioChick's threads...

On this subject. Doctors, nurses, medical staff are in desperate need for protective supplies.


https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213126793

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213118078


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Response to Duppers (Original post)

Thu Mar 19, 2020, 05:14 AM

2. Ludwig is right when he said "We get forgotten a lot"

Firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians are all part of our medical system and should be treated as such.

Every person, whether it be firefighters, paramedics, EMT's, nurses, doctors, PA's, even those who clean the hospital (forgive me if I'm forgetting anyone else, my brain is mush) should be given the appropriate equipment to deal with this virus.

This is terrible.

Oddly enough, I just read an article here in Ohio saying that Firefighters and EMT's have a surplus of masks and equipment, yet the hospital staff have none.

I'll pass this on.

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Response to Duppers (Original post)

Thu Mar 19, 2020, 08:13 AM

3. Daughter works in Security

at a college which wast shut down. The are still working, but DIL's non-essential retail store was closed. She is using her vacation time but will only last for 2 weeks. Daughter got a call from a large hospital which she applied to before she got the campus job.

Hospital called her and offered her a part-time job. DIL is using vacation time that is only for 2 weeks. They live paycheck to paycheck. What happens when vacation money runs out?

She was given a physical, coronavirus test, and one of those masks. FREE. EMT's have to PAY for their masks and cannot get them? That is not right.

Daughter lives in NY which has almost surpassed Washington with the number of confirmed cases. The county she lives in has somewhere around 200 confirmed cases alone.

The hospital position (pays a LOT more) is far more dangerous than her campus job sitting in an office all alone watching cameras, radioing the patrols. My Grandson just turned 1. That does worry me.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 19, 2020, 08:22 AM

5. Wishing good luck to you and your daughter in law. My son is in the same situation in TX

And Texas is one of those seven states that have done little or no state-wide restrictions up to now.

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Response to Duppers (Original post)

Thu Mar 19, 2020, 08:18 AM

4. Our governor just requested that construction companies halt work (Boston) and turn over

any available N95 masks to the EMT/medical sector. There is essentially no difference in the masks, save the liability clause as I understand. Also, the masks aren't necessarily in sterile packaging. They typically have an exhale valve that is unfiltered, so one might need a secondary mask on top (you see that in many of the photos shown on the news).

Ridiculous. $10 Million for "training" but not for the equipment. ?!?

As an epidemiologist said on NPR yesterday, He knew we'd have a struggle with the science of slowing the spread, but he NEVER though that bureaucratic bungling would be the biggest road block.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 19, 2020, 08:47 PM

8. Governor taking up responsibility of Fed Gov't.

All governors should ask this of all companies! And gov't labs!

Thanks for posting FtC.

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Response to Duppers (Original post)

Thu Mar 19, 2020, 10:32 AM

6. Lack of money or lack of availability from vendors?

Different things, different problems, different solutions.

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Response to Duppers (Original post)

Thu Mar 19, 2020, 08:14 PM

7. My daughter is a CNA in a hospital

They are not wearing masks. on the upside the CV patients are isolated and only DRs and Nurses in hazmat suits are allowed anywhere near them. I still worry though. We need test kits and more masks/gloves/gowns.

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Response to Marrah_Goodman (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 19, 2020, 08:49 PM

9. Exactly: more masks/gloves/gowns

Thanks, MG.

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Response to Marrah_Goodman (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 19, 2020, 10:40 PM

10. I wish my kids had hazmat suits

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