Pennsylvania joins northeastern purchasing consortium to buy medical equipment

Allegheny County COVID-19 death toll tops 100

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — along with Gov. Tom Wolf and a slew of other northeastern governors — announced on Sunday a regional purchasing consortium to buy medical equipment like tests, personal protective equipment and ventilators.

Wolf said in a joint press conference that the effort serves as a solid example of the benefit of states working together.

“We need to help our hospitals. We need to help our healthcare workers. We’ll need to help our long-term care facilities. Our first responders. All those things,” Wolf said. “What [Cuomo is] doing here, and what we’re doing, is actually pulling together to make sure we’re doing all those things.”

Wolf emphasized the importance of testing going forward.

“We really need to work together to build the capacity to test or we’re not going to be able to give our citizens the confidence they need to go back to work,” Wolf said. “They’re not going to have the confidence we need them to have to go back to school or go back to the store or to go back to worship.”

Pennsylvania reported 962 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing its total caseload to 49,267. This represents an approximate 2% increase from Saturday. The state also reported 26 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 2,444.



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