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States Act to Tackle RSV Surge

Maryland, Oregon, and Colorado are acting to support health care providers as they respond to the increase in pediatric cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The surge in cases this year has exacerbated existing issues, such as workforce and capacity shortages across pediatric hospitals.

In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced that hospitals will receive $25 million from state health care provider funding to aid in pediatric intensive care unit recruitment and staffing. Additionally, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems will expand its Critical Care Coordination Center (C4) capability to include pediatric surge operations.

In Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed an executive order amending and extending the current COVID-19 disaster declaration to include RSV and other respiratory illnesses. Similarly, in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown (D) issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency due to RSV. These state actions will provide additional flexibility to hospitals in their response, including staffing beds for children and reducing administrative requirements for transfers.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Faridat Animashaun is a policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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