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NYC cancer hospital faces coronavirus mask shortage: report
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Health care workers at one of the best cancer hospitals in the U.S. are reportedly short on face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, illustrating a national problem that many are taking to social media using the hashtag #GetMePPE, meaning personal protective equipment.
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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City told staff it had a week's worth of masks left on Friday, BuzzFeed News first reported. Five employees and three patients have been diagnosed with coronavirus at the cancer hospital, according to BuzzFeed.
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A spokesperson for Sloan Kettering did not confirm BuzzFeed News' report but offered the following statement:
“Memorial Sloan Kettering has sufficient supply of PPE, including masks and other equipment, to ensure the safety and protection of our patients and staff. MSK follows the guidelines for PPE that are established by the CDC. Balancing supply and demand for essential supplies is what our supply chain experts do every day.”