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Howard County reaches new 90-day PPE supply goal ahead of winter months

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 17:44:46-05

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — On Wednesday, County Executive Calvin Ball announced that Howard County has met its recent goal to stockpile a 90-day supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) ahead of the winter months.

The stockpile includes masks, gloves, face shields, eye protection, gowns, booties, sanitizer, and disinfectant. The 90-day supply is based on projected needs from each County Department and is tracked by the Office of Emergency Management.

“In May, when we announced our HoCo RISE Framework, we set important benchmarks to ensure that Howard County was prepared to handle a surge of COVID-19 cases,” said Ball. “Our original goal was to have at least a one-month supply on hand, but in anticipation of a fall surge of cases, I charged our County to reach a new goal of a 90-day supply of PPE.”

“While Howard County has reached its 90-day personal protective equipment goal for County departments, we aren’t stopping there,” said Mike Hinson, Director of the Office of Emergency Management. “We will continue to monitor rates of use by departments and adjust the stockpile accordingly.”

According to Howard County Health Officer Dr. Maura Rossman, this supply of PPE will ensure the safety of first responders, health care workers and other essential workers in case of supply chain disruptions or other emergency needs.