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Pennsylvania rolls out 'strike team' to ease hospital crunch

Pa. has deployed its first pandemic “strike team” of out-of-state health care workers to a suburban Philadelphia hospital under severe strain from COVID-19.
Credit: Associated Press/Matt Rourke

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — Pennsylvania has deployed its first pandemic “strike team” of out-of-state health care workers to a suburban Philadelphia hospital under severe strain from COVID-19.

Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter made the announcement on Monday at a news conference at Grand View Health in Sellersville.

The state Health Department recently entered into a $75.5 million contract with General Healthcare Resources to supply health care workers for temporary assignment to hospitals in need of staffing assistance. 

The program opened last week and has received three such requests so far. Klinepeter says “workers are tired and they deserve a break."

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