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Maryland receives fraction of protective gear, FEMA docs show

Posted at 8:38 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 08:50:58-04

BALTIMORE — The House Oversight Committee released FEMA documents on Thursday revealing the federal agency has delivered only a fraction of the medical supplies requested by five Mid-Atlantic area states and Washington D.C.

Those critical supplies include protective face masks, nasal swabs for testing and ventilators to help patients who are being treated to be able to breathe.

In Maryland, the FEMA documents display a large difference in what officials requested and what was received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Maryland only received about a third of 775,000 face masks

The state received none of the 100,000 nasal swabs it requested.

The state has received 138 out of the 200 officials had asked for.

The state asked for 15,000 body bags from FEMA but did not receive any.

Maryland requested more than 400,000 n95 respirator face masks only about a quarter of those were received.

The state requested 330,000 gloves, less than half were received.

Of more than 160,000 gowns requested, only about a quarter of those were received.

In response to the numbers revealed in the FEMA documents -- Governor Larry Hogan's Communications Director says "The Nation's Governors will continue to use all of the tools at their disposal to get the critical resources needed to save lives and slow the spread of the virus."