Timilty calls for PPE data transparency


State Sen. Walter F. Timilty, D-Milton, testified before the Joint Committee on COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management recently urging a favorable report on his PPE data transparency bill.

State Sen. Walter F. Timilty, D-Milton, testified before the Joint Committee on COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management recently urging a favorable report on his PPE data transparency bill. 

The bill, S.253, An Act relative to PPE Data Transparency, was filed by Timilty in collaboration with the Massachusetts Nurses Association. While Massachusetts continues to lead in vaccination rates, Timilty stressed that it is critical to be forward looking, with lessons learned from the past year and a half during the 16-month Massachusetts State of Emergency. 

“We must remain vigilant as COVID-19 variants emerge,” Timilty said. “Healthcare workers continue to practice medicine in close quarters caring for infected and, in some cases, unvaccinated individuals. We must be prepared for any future contagious outbreak.” 

Nurses and other frontline staff reported that they had been reusing single-use N95 masks multiple times. This placed not only healthcare workers, but also, patients in serious risk. 



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