SALEM, Ore. -- The State of Oregon received a shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Friday, helping the state’s stockpiles of N95 masks and other PPE.
Oregon Office of Emergency Management says masks, face shields, gloves and other PPE are vital tools in the state's ability to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and help make sure the frontline health care workers have the equipment they need to stay safe.
The shipment of 78 pallets included N95 masks, scrubs, coveralls, and face shields.
“In these unprecedented times, this large shipment of PPE will make a huge difference in Oregon’s ability to fight this outbreak. However, it’s clear that even this shipment will not be sufficient to meet the expected needs of our health care workers,” said Director of Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management Andrew Phelps. “While we continue to work with our state, federal, and private partners to procure as much PPE as we can, I urge Oregonians to continue practicing social distancing. Staying home supports first responders and frontline workers, and will ensure Oregon’s supply of PPE lasts longer.”
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and Department of Administrative Services will inspect and inventory the PPE.
The PPE will then be allotted to counties based on population and the number of active cases of COVID-19, and will then be shipped out as quickly as possible.