Press release, Public health
Governor Tom Wolf today urged Pennsylvania manufacturers who currently produce or can turn to the production of supplies related to COVID-19 to submit their information to the new Pennsylvania Call to Action portal for manufacturing.
“We are asking everyone to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including ensuring that our health care system is ready to take care of patients and that they have access to equipment and essential personal protection products as more and more individuals and businesses take it. preventive measures, “said Wolf. “Throughout the history of our Commonwealth, our manufacturing sector has responded to the call to move us forward and has made a huge contribution during turbulent times. I call on our private sector to be part of the solution to this crisis. “
The portal will identify critical capabilities in companies’ supply chains, their needs, labor shortages and innovative opportunities. Communicating this important information and identifying capabilities and needs will help facilitate the connections companies need to market essential COVID-19 products or modernize their operations to begin production of these products.
This manufacturing portal builds on the recent creation of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Essential Medical Supply Portal to find the supplies most needed by medical providers, emergency responders and healthcare professionals.
“We must take all necessary steps to protect our healthcare workers and frontline workers from COVID-19 and provide them with the equipment they need to help patients,” said Wolf. “We cannot rely solely on the federal government to provide us with the necessary equipment. We must harness our own precious resources, including our manufacturing sector, to help our health care workers save the lives of Pennsylvanians. “
The portal was a joint effort of DCED, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the IRC Network, Life Sciences PA, Pennsylvania Life Sciences Greenhouses and the PA Chamber. of business and industry.
“As we strive to protect public health and safety and create a strong supply chain, we know that there are manufacturers across the Commonwealth who are willing and able to help,” said Wolf. “The portal will bring these manufacturers together to work as a team to help us get the equipment we need.”
Although hospitals have yet to experience a wave of COVID-19 patients, Pennsylvania is taking additional steps to ensure that our health care system has access to essential supplies due to the number of positive virus cases increases daily.
Pennsylvania has requested 1,000 fans from the national strategic stock, but the request is currently on hold due to the current availability of fans in Pennsylvania.
The state has purchased and expects to receive 400 additional fans from a private supplier. The Commonwealth has also requested N95 masks, respirators, gowns, gloves, glasses and face shields and has received several shipments from the national stock.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health continues to work with federal partners, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Questions about the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action portal can be directed to [email protected]
For the most recent information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.
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