COVID-19

News Release | PennPIRG | COVID-19

Hospital repair professionals: let us fix life-saving devices, ventilators

In an open letter to Governor Wolf delivered by PennPIRG and signed by 518 hospital repair experts, a plea was made for manufacturers to stop withholding what technicians need to fix medical equipment including ventilators. The effort is part of PennPIRG’s Right to Repair Campaign, which aims to remove unnecessary barriers to repair that drive up costs for product owners and increase electronic waste.

News Release | PennPIRG | COVID-19

Health groups ask Sen. Casey to protect emergency workers in next stimulus

50 health groups sent a letter to Sen. Casey on July 2nd thanking him for supporting the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would establish central, transparent coordination of the medical supply chain during the COVID-19 crisis. The groups are also asking Senator Casey to urge Senate leadership to include the legislation in the next coronavirus stimulus package.

Protect Healthcare Workers

COVID-19 cases continue to rage across the country, but our healthcare workers don't have enough of the equipment that they need to protect themselves and care for their patients.

According to the American Nurses Association, 45% of its members reported PPE shortages at their facility in May and 79% were asked to reuse masks.

News Release | PennPIRG | COVID-19

New analysis: Pennsylvania receives “trending poorly” marks for COVID-19 containment measures

With America as a whole continuing to struggle in containing the COVID-19 virus, PennPIRG released a new fact sheet today calling on Pennsylvania to maintain all current restrictions related to COVID-19 and take additional measures to improve containment. 

News Release | PennPIRG | COVID-19

Philadelphia City Council passes bill to protect workers during COVID-19 reopening

As much of Southeastern Pennsylvania enters the “green phase” of reopening, with fewer COVID-19-related restrictions, the City Council voted to approve a bill to protect workers who speak up about coronavirus-related safety concerns. If Mayor Jim Kenney signs the bill into law, it will be illegal for employers to fire, discipline, or otherwise retaliate against these workers. PennPIRG encourages Mayor Kenney to sign the bill into law and the city to enforce it to ensure the health and safety of workers and the public. 

Resource | COVID-19

U.S. PIRG Response to "Preparing for the Next Pandemic" White Paper

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions sought feedback on its white paper entitled, "Preparing for the Next Pandemic." U.S. PIRG's response is that the war against COVID-19 is far from over. As case rates and hospitalizations increase across several states, it’s imperative that Congress plugs the glaring holes in our medical supply chain now. 

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