On April 29, Governor Mike DeWine announced that the state of Ohio has shipped 4.1 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to local emergency management agencies (EMA) across Ohio.
Although this is not the first shipment of PPE, this is the largest one-time distribution of PPE from the state of Ohio to the local EMAs in Ohio history.
“When this crisis began, I told you that we were going to do everything we could to ensure that those on the front line of this crisis have the personal protective equipment they need,” said Gov. DeWine. “The PPE will be distributed locally by county EMAs to nursing homes, jails, congregate living facilities, hospitals, and first responders.”
- 500,000 N95 masks
- 850,000 face shields
- 750,000 surgical-type masks
- 2 million non-medical gloves.
The PPE was secured through the work of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, JobsOhio, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
In other PPE news, while the site is currently only available for hospitals and governmental agencies, Amazon plans to expand who can purchase supplies once their inventory increases. The American Academy of Family Physicians is working with Amazon to collect information from AAFP members who wish to purchase medical equipment so they can be whitelisted on the Amazon site. If you wish to have the ability to purchase through Amazon in the future, please fill out this form.