IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa regulators ordered health care providers Friday to take steps to address a shortage of personal protective equipment for workers treating coronavirus patients.
Iowa Department of Public Health deputy director Sarah Reisetter said at a Friday press conference the department was issuing an emergency order with directives on what providers should do if they cannot get enough face masks, shields and gowns to provide standard care.
If they face shortages, providers are directed to use face masks that have expired, not change them for each patient encounter, use washable gowns and shorten hospital stays for coronavirus patients.
Gov. Reynolds also signed a proclamation that continues the State Public Health Emergency Declaration on Friday.
The proclamation provides more regulatory relief that’s necessary to respond to this public health disaster.
It includes provisions to give health facilities greater flexibility, remove certain in-person regulatory requirements, and permit community colleges and school districts to adjust to the suspension of in-person instruction.
You can watch a replay of the press conference below.