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Pennsylvania Adds Long-Term Care Beds to Reduce COVID Crunch – NBC10 Philadelphia

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  • Pennsylvania is setting up four 120-bed regional support sites to help hospitals and nursing homes that are under pressure from COVID-19.
  • State officials said Monday that temporary locations will be at existing skilled nursing facilities in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as in Blair and Clarion counties. These locations are designed to allow hospitals to discharge more quickly patients requiring long-term care.
  • Nursing homes in Pennsylvania have reported staffing shortages that have forced many of them to stop accepting new residents, leaving hospitals overflowing with COVID-19 patients unable to discharge patients who need the level of care. lower level of care.

State officials said Monday, Pennsylvania is setting up four support sites in the area with 120 hospital beds to help hospitals and nursing homes that are under pressure from COVID-19.

Temporary sites will be located in existing skilled nursing facilities in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as in Blair and Clarion counties, and will allow hospitals to more quickly admit patients who need care. Castle.

Nursing homes in Pennsylvania have reported severe staffing shortages that have forced many of them to stop accepting new residents, which has left hospitals jam-packed with COVID-19 patients unable to discharge their homes. patients requiring skilled nursing care.

Although the number of pandemic-related hospitalizations is declining in Pennsylvania, the state still has thousands of people hospitalized with COVID-19. Acting Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter on Monday called it an “acute situation”.

“The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations remains at an all-time high, and healthcare workers need some support to weather this current increase,” she said.

General Healthcare Resources will provide medical staff to long-term care support facilities under contract with the state, with staff recruited from outside Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania National Guard will provide non-clinical personnel. Officials said the support sites will be open for about 90 days according to demand.

Separately, the state-directed pandemic “Strike team” of medical staff were deployed at two hospitals in the Philadelphia area, while federal strike teams were working at hospitals in Scranton and York.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/coronavirus/pennsylvania-long-term-care-beds-to-ease-covid-crunch/3128327/ Pennsylvania Adds Long-Term Care Beds to Reduce COVID Crunch – NBC10 Philadelphia

Huynh Nguyen

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