Ohio nursing home employees have recently revealed that they “often do not have enough personal protective equipment or PPE,” sometimes not enough to work on a COVID-19 unit. One employee stated that she has used the same N-95 masks since the beginning of the pandemic. A recent study confirmed these complaints, finding that “about 34 percent of Ohio nursing homes had only a one-week supply of personal protective equipment for their workers.”
These findings reveal an on-going revelation of problems within American long-term care facilities. Since the beginning of the pandemic, “40 percent of all deaths in the U.S.” were residents of long-term care facilities.
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