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County continues to prepare for increased hospital demand from COVID-19
April 8, 2020
Santa Clara County, CA – The County of Santa Clara Health Officer, Dr. Sara Cody, is issuing a new order today requiring entities and individuals to report large inventories of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators. Reporting is due by 11:59 p.m. on April 15 via an online survey. It is a one-time disclosure that will help the County’s Public Health Department understand what supplies currently exist and to plan for a potential hospital surge. The order will help ensure the health and safety of frontline medical workers, first responders, and patients.
“Our goal is to ensure the capacity of our health care system by expanding the number of available hospital beds and by ensuring that the workforce that is providing care for patients has sufficient personal protective equipment,” said Dr. Jennifer Tong, Hospital Surge Capacity Branch Chief of the County of Santa Clara Emergency Operations Center. “While we have requested State and Federal resources, it is important to know the volume of PPE or ventilators that already exist in our local community.”
The new order comes as the County this week reported early signs that the Shelter-in-Place Order has provided additional time for the health care system to prepare through expanding bed capacity and securing personal protective equipment.
“The community’s response to the shelter-in-place order has slowed the spread, providing more time for us to ensure the health care infrastructure can respond. This is the next step to ensure the safety of our health care workers,” said Dr. Cody. “During this enormously challenging time, our collective action is what has been saving lives and this is another way we can continue that trajectory.”
Many residents and businesses have already donated PPE and ventilators. Although the Order does not require donations, those who would like to are encouraged to do so through the VMC Foundation.
“Time and again, I see examples of the goodwill in our community. That’s why I know our small businesses and our residents will rally behind this effort to make sure our healthcare workers and the patients they care for are as fully protected as possible,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Mike Wasserman. “I am tremendously proud of the way our county continues to come together during this unprecedented time.”
An example of items to be reported include:
- Nitrile or vinyl gloves (if more than 5,000 items)
- N95 masks (if more than 500 items)
- Surgical or procedure masks (if more than 500 items)
- Safety goggles (if more than 100 items)
- Face shields (if more than 100 items)
- Gallon or larger hand sanitizers that are recognized by the Centers for Disease Control as effective in combatting COVID-19 (if more than 10 containers)
- All ventilators (regardless of condition)
For a complete list and full details of the order, and to complete the one-time disclosure, visit www.sccphd.org/cv19ppe. The disclosures can be completed in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese.
Visit the County of Santa Clara COVID-19 website for frequent updates.
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