April 20, 2021


Fairfax County granted federal funds for personal protective equipment

Fairfax County has been awarded approximately $3.3 million in federal funds to cover the costs of personal protective equipment, Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner announced on Wednesday (April 14).

The funds come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and will be used to purchase and distribute masks, respirators, eye and face shields, and other PPE necessary to protect county workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a joint news release from the senators’ offices.

The money can also go toward tents, bags, door openers, and tables utilized by workers as part of the county’s pandemic response.

“We’re glad to

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Personal protective equipment litter from the pandemic is killing wildlife

Waste from lifesaving personal protective equipment is killing birds, fish and other wildlife across the globe, a study has found.Animals are fatally ingesting or becoming entangled in discarded latex gloves and disposable face masks, while others have started building their homes using the same material, researchers said.”As always with these single-use items, you’re not really looking after them and they end up in the environment really soon. They start becoming a real problem,” Auke-Florian Hiemstra, a biologist at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden and co-author of the report, told CNN Tuesday.”I think it’s ironic that the materials that protect … Read More

Amounts paid for personal protective equipment qualify for medical deduction

The IRS said on Friday that amounts paid for personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes, for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 can be treated as amounts paid for medical care under Sec. 213(d) (Announcement 2021-7). As a result, amounts paid by an individual taxpayer for COVID-19 PPE for use by the taxpayer, the taxpayer’s spouse, or the taxpayer’s dependents that are not compensated for by insurance or otherwise are deductible under Sec. 213(a) if the taxpayer’s total medical expenses exceed 7.5% of adjusted gross income.

These amounts are also

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AHN, Highmark Health outfit first responders with more personal protective gear

For about a dozen ambulance services that received free boxes of personal protective equipment Tuesday during a distribution of masks, gowns and face shields at AHN Hempfield Neighborhood Hospital, the initiative was a lifesaver — literally and financially, recipients said.

“This will really help out. (PPE is) in really short supply. We’re dealing with covid patients, and this will protect ourselves and the people we help,” said Amy MacMannis, a paramedic for Jeannette EMS.

“This (distribution) goes beyond words. It’s been a struggle to search for proper PPE,” said Randy Highlands, Jeannette EMS operations director.

As he watched AHN and

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