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Maryland continues stocking up on PPE in preparation for re-opening

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Posted at 1:44 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 13:48:14-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland is continuing to stock up on personal protective equipment (PPE), as the state continues to be under restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Larry Hogan has said an increase in PPE is one of four building blocks that will determine when he can lift the restrictions.

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Currently the state says they have in 4.5 million KN95 masks, 3.5 million pairs of gloves, 1.1 million face shields, 600,000 N95 masks, 150,000 gowns, 47,000 gallons of hand sanitizer, and 5,000 infrared thermometers.

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For healthcare systems and emergency agencies experiencing PPE shortages, Maryland has launched a new online portal for producers and suppliers to sell PPE.

“One of the biggest challenges Maryland and our nation have faced in battling coronavirus has been ensuring we have a steady supply of PPE for our health care workers, first responders, and essential employees,” said Governor Hogan. “This portal offers a one-stop-shop where manufacturers of PPE and other essential items can connect with the buyers that need these items the most and help us address critical supply chain demand.”