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As Covid-19 cases surge, health care workers say PPE is still a struggle

November 24, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A worker at a Honeywell International Inc. factory producing N95 masks May 5, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

As the country grapples with surging coronavirus cases, some hospitals, clinics and nursing facilities are still struggling to maintain adequate supplies of personal protective equipment.

(CNN)As the country grapples with surging coronavirus cases, some hospitals, clinics and nursing facilities are still struggling to maintain adequate supplies of personal protective equipment.

"While hospitals and health systems are better positioned with on-hand inventory levels, serious concerns continue regarding the availability of PPE and other supplies as COVID cases continue to increase across the country and we enter the flu season," Mike Schiller, the director of supply chain at the Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management at the American Hospital Association, told CNN in an email.

However, health care workers around the country said hospitals and other facilities are still using PPE much differently than before the pandemic.

"While most larger hospitals have managed to buy at least the bare minimum of PPE to outfit their employees, they don't certainly have large supplies they're sitting on," said Ranney, who is also a CNN medical analyst.

Maintaining adequate supplies of N95 masks has been difficult for most health care facilities in the US throughout the pandemic.

The AHCA-NCAL said it's seeing a greater demand for supplies of PPE across all health care settings and sectors now as hospitals fill up again and coronavirus infection rates climb to record numbers almost daily.

"We need manufacturers to make more PPE that can be used by long term care, as well as suppliers and state agencies to prioritize our facilities for these supplies. "

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