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NYC Halts PPE Distribution; Emergency Requests Will Be Filled

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) announced last week that its final distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to nursing homes and adult care facilities (ACFs) would take place the week of June 15th, and its final distribution to home care agencies would be carried out the week of June 22nd. Providers are urged to bolster their supplies through commercial vendors. Nursing homes and ACFs in NYC that have an emergency need for PPE may submit an emergency request form here. Home care agencies in NYC may submit an emergency request through their association. LeadingAge NY home care members may contact Meg Everett for assistance.

On June 10th, DOHMH hosted a webinar on PPE purchasing and capacity building to assist providers in accessing supplies through conventional channels. A recording is available here, and the slides are here. LeadingAge NY members in need of PPE should consider Value First, our group purchasing organization, and may contact Denis Miciletto for more information. In addition, DOHMH has issued a list of potential suppliers and a PPE Conservation Strategies Guide.

DOHMH notes that N95 masks are still in short supply and urges providers to use conservation strategies for all PPE, especially N95 masks.

Contact: Karen Lipson, klipson@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8838