Beckley ARH CEO explains allotment protocol for masks in the hospital

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – We have had several people reach out to us about who gets what personal protective equipment in a hospital setting.

Beckley ARH CEO Rocco Massey says they are following protocol with the allotment they have which means masks only go to those who are treating people who could have a respiratory illness.

Massey says many of his employees ask for masks but he simply can’t provide for all in fear of a major shortage. 

“We use it as it is recommended. We do not over utilize it. We do not underutilize it, and as long as we’re practicing on those protocols we will not run into shortages with PPE,” he said. “Right now, we have PPE, but we have to be very careful because we know there are shortages across the nation.” 

Massey says protocol also says masks must be given to healthcare workers experiencing respiratory symptoms, but he says he has been sending those workers home to also conserve equipment. 

Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.