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PEMA Authorized to Commandeer Medical Supplies; NJ Primary Moved to July; NJ Stores Must Wear Masks
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 04/08/20 7:31 pm | updated: 04/08/20 7:31 pm
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order on Wednesday, 4/8, authorizing the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) 'to commandeer and utilize all PPE, pharmaceuticals, and other medical resources required to respond to, provide care for those afflicted by, or otherwise prevent the spread of COVID- 19.' Private, public, and quasi-public healthcare providers and facilities, as well as manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers of PPE, pharmaceuticals, and other medical resources must submit inventory to PEMA within 5 days. Healthcare providers and facilities must also provide detailed facility needs. PEMA will then direct the resources where they are most needed. Facilities will be reimbursed for any supplies and equipment that are requisitioned. Some types of equipment includes N95 face masks, ventilators, respirators, face shields, safety goggles, disinfectants and other sanitizing solutions.

"Combatting a pandemic means we all have to work together and that means we need to make the best use of our medical assets to ensure the places that need them most have them," Gov. Wolf said. "Today, I am signing an order that will allow us to transfer supplies and information between medical facilities to both high-population, high-impact areas and lower population areas that might not have as many existing medical resources.

"This will also prevent sick Pennsylvanians from having to choose which hospital to go to for fear that some have less access to equipment than others and it will help us make use of every ventilator, every piece of PPE, and every medical worker."


The Department of Health has launched a hospital preparedness dashboard you can view: Desktop | Mobile

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed an executive order moving the primary elections from June 2 to July 7. The move was made to "ensure that every voter can vote without endangering their health or safety." It also gives the state more time to move to a possible statewide vote-by-mail election.


New Jersey is also taking steps to increase social distancing and reduce interactions in retail settings and grocery stores. Starting Friday, 4/10, stores must limit the number of customers to 50% capacity. All customers and employees must wear protective masks. Stores must also provide special shopping hours for high-risk individuals. They must also put up barriers between customers and cashiers and baggers. These new guidelines will be included in a pending executive order.

SEE: Additional Social Distancing Guidelines for Businesses

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