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Personal Protective Equipment Issues and Professional Direct Care Workers During COVID-19

Brief Data Collection & Quality
November 6, 2020

During COVID-19, direct care workers have struggled to access the personal protective equipment (PPE) they needed to keep themselves and their clients safe. To avoid this shortage in the future, the state should: improve PPE distribution; update emergency plans; collaborate with employers to redistribute PPE; create a statewide PPE stockpile; establish a distribution process for Medicaid beneficiaries and workers; and develop a reimbursement process for PPE purchases.

Key Takeaways

COVID-19 created a shortage of PPE and increased PPE prices, causing many direct care workers to go without.
Going without PPE put many workers and clients at risk for COVID-19.
The state should take action to prevent this PPE shortage in the future.

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