Washington—The Department of Veterans’ Affairs defended its defense on Tuesday to avoid criticism because of the lack of masks and other medical equipment used to protect employees from coronavirus infections in the past, but he admitted that the current supply is insufficient to respond The second wave.
Richard Stone, Virginia’s top health official, said that at the peak of the pandemic, its 170 medical centers used 250,000 N95 masks a day, which was a “hardship”.
Now, Virginia has about 30 days of supply. He said that a variety of equipment including masks and robes, but it does require 60 days of supply, partly because of the reduction in home orders nationwide, Virginia began Fully reopened its medical center to meet the growing demand. To deal with the possible second wave of COVID-19 attacks, it takes six months.
"The future pandemic wave may test the preparation of all of us," Stone told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
It is noted that Stone said that Virginia currently spends $100 million per month on personal protective equipment, and before the pandemic, it spent $10 million per month. Stone said that the US manufacturing base needs to increase production, To help meet "the needs of every hospital system in the country and around the world"
Stone said that Virginia is increasing its medical staff (so far, there are more than 18,800 employees, and more people are coming), And prepare to establish four "preparation centers" to store personal protective equipment in preparation for the resurgence of the virus this fall.  Mori. Committee Chairman R-Kansas’ Jerry Moran, and Senator Jon Tester of Montana, the group’s top Democrat, urged Donald Trump this week (Donald Trump) Incorporates Virginia into the government’s Defense Production Law Committee. The Democrats specifically pointed to a broken supply chain and said that Trump should invoke DPA to ensure that Virginia, which has the nation’s largest hospital system, has access to the medical supplies it needs.
The Associated Press previously reported that health care facilities in Virginia faced a shortage of workers and protective equipment, forcing workers to reuse masks for days or weeks, although Virginia leaders denied that masks lacked sufficient supplies.
On Tuesday, Stone pointed out that the infection rate in Virginia facilities is low and insists that there are "VA medical staff have never faced the risk of treating patients with COVID-19." He still admitted that so far, Virginia only About 50,000 employees or 17% of employees have been tested, and due to the shortage of cotton swabs and other test supplies, there are still some ways to provide employees with on-demand testing.
As of Tuesday, there were 1,665 COVID-19 employee cases in Virginia, of which 133 were considered "active." According to VA data, at least 33 VA employees died of the virus.
Yen hope, Associated Press