State mobilizes more PPE to slow the spread of COVID-19

2 months 2 days 10 hours ago Saturday, April 04 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Saturday, April 04, 2020 3:49:00 PM CDT April 04, 2020 in News
By: Greta Serrin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - The state is working on mobilizing more personal protective equipment (PPE) for COVID-19 first responders.

Slow delivery of PPE is the biggest obstacle the Missouri Department of Public Safety is currently seeing, said Director Sandy Karston.

"Since this began we've ordered over $42 million worth of PPE," Karston said in Gov. Parson's Saturday press briefing.

Last month, the department ordered $4.3 million in N95 masks, but so far only 25,000 have arrived, Karston said. 

"Our vendors assure us they're continuing to expedite our orders, but the supply chain is slow for everyone across the nation," Karston said. 

Yesterday, SEMA worked with FedEx to expedite the process of getting 95,000 surgical masks through customs, into another state and then into Missouri.

According to previous KOMU 8 reporting on March 29, "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."

Gov. Parson reiterated during the briefing that the best thing Missourians can do right now is, stay home.

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