Gov. Tom Wolf has requested additional support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Pennsylvania’s healthcare system in its continued battle against COVID-19.
“Our healthcare system is strained from COVID-19 cases and further exacerbated by persistent staffing shortages across the sector,” said Wolf. “Today, I outlined key areas that my administration, along with healthcare systems, believes would garner the most impactful support for our deserving healthcare professionals who have been on the front lines battling this pandemic for 22 months.”
Wolf outlined the following key areas to FEMA:
– Critical staffing support of clinical and non-clinical professionals across the commonwealth with the highest hospital utilization, including hospital strike teams, skilled nursing facility strike teams and ambulance strike teams
– Continued pandemic response support specifically focused on rural areas, regions with higher social vulnerability and lower vaccination rates, including 1 million rapid at-home COVID-19 tests and increased allocation of monoclonal antibodies