Report: D.C. not ready for disease outbreak
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new report names the District of Columbia and three states as understaffed in the event of an infectious disease outbreak.
The report by the Trust for America's Health was released Tuesday and is the eighth annual report from the organization. This year, Washington scored a 7 out of 10 on preparedness for public health emergencies. That score was better than 11 other states and tied with seven others. Last year, D.C. got an 8 out of 10.
Hawaii, Iowa, Montana and D.C. were also judged to be understaffed for a long-term outbreak. The group reported not having enough staff to work five 12-hour days for six to eight weeks.
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