May 20, 2020

Congressman Neguse, Colorado Delegation Members Request Continued and Expanded PPE for Colorado Senior Living Facilities

Washington D.C.—In response to multiple COVID-19 outbreaks at senior living facilities across Colorado, Congressman Joe Neguse led a bipartisan letter today, along with the full Colorado Delegation, to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting that personal protective equipment (PPE) deliveries to these facilities be continued through June and July. 

“Since the beginning of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, senior living facilities have been the epicenter of both outbreaks and deaths in Colorado and across the country. COVID-19 linked deaths in Colorado’s senior living facilities continue to be the single largest contributor to COVID-19 fatalities in our state, representing approximately 61% of total deaths. According to some reports, Colorado has experienced as many as 105 deaths in senior congregate living facilities in just one single week,” reads the letter. 

“Given the unique and devastating effects the COVID-19 outbreak has had on these facilities and the citizens they serve, we request that FEMA regularly continue delivery of PPE supplies to nursing homes in Colorado throughout June and July 2020,” continues the letter. 

Read the full letter here. 

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in Colorado, Congressman Neguse and the delegation have continued to advocate for PPE supplies to be brought to the state. Delegation members have sent several letters to various federal agencies, including to HHS, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) imploring increased supply deliveries and speedy assessment of PPE to aid frontline health care providers and essential workers in Colorado.