Pennsylvania Responds to Cries for COVID-19 Help

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the state is working to increase healthcare capacity to deal with the surge of COVID-19 cases. The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency are coordinating the undertaking. The plans involve adding hospital beds within regions for 60 days to absorb patients from swamped hospitals. Additional medical support staff are to include physicians, respiratory therapists and registered nurses. Other staff will be sent directly to hospitals in need over the next three months. Certain nursing homes also will get additional beds, registered nurses and aides to allow hospitals in the area to discharge patients in need of long-term rehab or care more quickly, according to an Associated Press report.