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HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted


Sue Ogrocki – Associated Press

A worker is pictured at the Oklahoma's Strategic National Stockpile warehouse Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Oklahoma City. In the warehouse are roughly four million pairs of gloves, 120 thousand gowns, 173 thousand face shields and goggles, 900 thousand surgical and medical masks, 110 thousand respirators and a variety of other personal protections equipment. The actual numbers vary as more supplies arrive and are shipped out daily. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

WASHINGTON - The Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of the N95 respirators, surgical masks, face, shields, gowns and other medical supplies desperately needed to protect front-line medical workers treating coronavirus patients.

The Department of Health and Human Services told the Associated Press Wednesday that the federal stockpile was in the process of deploying all remaining personal protective equipment in its inventory.


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