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States overwhelmed by COVID-19 plead with Trump administration for hospital help

Faced with a massive surge in new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths, states have started advocating with the federal government to help support their beleaguered hospitals, according to several people familiar with the matter.

In a call Monday between the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the country’s governors, a recording of which was obtained by The Daily Beast, Peter Gaynor, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency , said he and agency administrators across the United States had been in touch with heads of state in recent weeks on how to deal with staff shortages in hospitals and other health care facilities .

Apart from the call, another senior health official work on the government’s response to COVID-19 said, the agency’s awareness of the need for medical personnel has intensified over the past 10 days and that FEMA is working with local jurisdictions to ensure their hospitals have tried to resolve personnel issues. before making a formal request for assistance.

Gaynor said FEMA officials were in “near constant contact” with states to assess their needs for the weeks and months to come.

“It has been a challenge across the country. We’re going to get into a bit more demanding scenario as we go through fall and winter, ”Gaynor said.

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