Friday, December 17, 2021

Pennsylvania asks FEMA for help with COVID surge | AP News

Pennsylvania asked the federal government on Wednesday to send health care workers to hospitals and nursing homes that are increasingly under stress from persistent staffing shortages and the latest COVID-19 surge.

The Wolf administration requested Federal Emergency Management Agency "strike teams" for hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and ambulance companies in the hardest-hit areas of the state. Pennsylvania also asked FEMA for 1 million rapid at-home coronavirus tests and for an increase in the state's allocation of monoclonal antibody treatments, to be targeted to "rural areas, regions with higher social vulnerability, and lower vaccinations rates." 

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