As of September 30, all hospitals must have 90 days’ worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) on hand to be compliant with New York State’s (NYS) Hospital PPE Requirements.

Compliance will be based on information provided via the September 30 HERDS PPE survey for items including N95 respirators, surgical masks, gowns, gloves, nitrile gloves separately, and face shields/goggles. The daily baseline burn rate the State is using is based on daily average usage for the period of April 13-27, 2020. Hospitals are expected to maintain this 90-day supply moving forward as NYS hospitals prepare for the potential of a second COVID-19 wave this fall.

GNYHA has been communicating with hospitals that are not yet in compliance and have not requested an extension (see details below). We urge any facilities with questions to reach out for assistance.

Extensions

Hospitals that are seeking an extension of the September 30 deadline and have not yet submitted the attached form should do so immediately. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) may grant an extension to October 30 if the following conditions are met:

  • The hospital’s inability to meet the deadline is solely attributable to supply chain issues that are beyond the hospital’s control and purchasing PPE at market rates would facilitate price gouging by PPE vendors, or
  • The seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 infections in NYS remains below 1.5% of the total seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 tests performed over the same period,  and there are 10 or less states in the United States with a seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 infections exceeding five thousand cases.

DOH has advised GNYHA that it is considering a number of hospital requests for extension. DOH is also formulating a process for communicating with the requesting hospitals about whether the requests are approved.

GNYHA Support

For information on your specific hospital or system’s current compliance with the 90-day stockpile requirement, please contact Jenna Mandel-Ricci or Scott Gaffney. For information on extensions, please contact Laura Alfredo.