Testing, quarantining in nursing homes: Is there enough PPE?

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Health officials are worried about the number of cases and deaths in senior homes. In response, nursing homes are now required to test both residents and staff, and quarantine new residents for two weeks. The question is– is there enough PPE to support nursing homes and hospitals?

Senator Cory Gardner, is on board– and aims to help. Governor Jared Polis has also addressed the issue.

“We talk a lot about our doctors and nurses but we often don’t talk enough about those who work in nursing homes and senior home facilities.” – Gov. Jared Polis

Nursing home employees put themselves at risk, and working tirelessly to keep seniors safe, which is one of the most at-risk populations for the coronavirus.

KREX 5 and Fox 4 interviewed Senator Corey Gardner at his home in Washington, and he agrees that senior homes need attention.

“In Colorado we have seen some of our largest numbers of COVID-19 deaths occurring in nursing homes.” – US Sen. Cory Gardner

The tragic issue has prompted new federal guidelines, ordering nursing homes to test all residents, and asymptomatic workers, and to quarantine new residents for two weeks.

We heard from local health officials earlier this week expressing fears of what this new mandate could mean.

“We won’t have enough supplies to handle 14 days of quarantine if everyone who gets transferred to a nursing home has to go through this.” – Chris Thomas, Community Hosptial

Even though Mesa County is doing well with its supply, personal protective equipment is the question right now, when it comes to long term care.

Senator Cory Gardner hears the concerns of Western Slope medical professionals and is taking action.

“I have talked to hospitals in Delta, Craig, Montrose, and Grand Junction, I visited a hospital in Durango just last week, we talked about the need for personal protective equipment. We know more needs to be done– that’s why I have requested massive amounts of dollars into nursing homes.” – US Sen. Cory Gardner

The requests are specifically for personal protective equipment funding for nursing homes in Colorado.

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