Strategies to Address the Need for Personal Protective Equipment as States Gradually Reopen   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Overview: "As states and territories gradually reopen their economies and relax social distancing rules meant to slow transmission of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], there remains widespread demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), including respirators (e.g., N95 respirators), masks, face shields, goggles, gowns and gloves. [...] To better inform this memo, the National Governors Association (NGA) surveyed states to explore and understand their activities in the areas of PPE stockpiling and procuring or paying for PPE and/or cloth face coverings for: those in the state's care (e.g. foster care, corrections); state employees; small businesses; and low-income households. A total of 12 states and territories responded to this survey, and further information on their responses for each area are highlighted throughout this memo. NGA also engaged with several external partners to better understand the supply chain and have reflected some of those perspectives in this memo. As such, this memo serves to showcase the landscape of current state strategies to obtain PPE, from stockpiling activities to the PPE needs of small businesses and provides only limited considerations for future PPE efforts."

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