UPDATE: Medical supplies are being sent across the state to help with COVID-19

2 months 4 days 23 hours ago Sunday, March 29 2020 Mar 29, 2020 Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT March 29, 2020 in News
By: Greta Serrin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Source: Gov. Mike Parson

JEFFERSON CITY - More surgical masks, gloves, gowns, face shields and other equipment is being sent to healthcare facilities around the state.

The Personal Protective Equipment Program (PPE) requested more medical equipment on Tuesday to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Missouri Strategic National Stockpile warehouse has shipped more than 42,500 face shields, 5,000 gloves, 2,500 N95 masks and 900 cases of surgical gowns, according to a news release.

Saturday, Gov. Parson announced in a tweet that PPE is has arrived and is being rushed to healthcare facilities.

To help assist with COVID-19, Sandy Karston, director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety said on Tuesday during a press briefing the Missouri Department of Public Safety purchased 4.2 million N95 respirators.

The supplies are being sent out to fire fighters, law enforcement and first responders across the state, according to a tweet by Parson.

"STL County first responders came to Jefferson City to pick up some of their supplies," Parson said.

All of the supplies were requested by medical healthcare systems and local law enforcement, according to Tuesday's press briefing.

"I’m so proud of how Missourians have pulled together to help in the face of this challenge," Parson said.

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