Metro Detroit hospital systems running low on masks, gowns and face shields

Federal government empties stockpile of personal protection equipment
Posted at 10:28 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 10:28:41-04

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave an update on the state's response to COVID-19 on Monday morning, saying that metro Detroit hospital systems are running low on personal protection equipment (PPEs).

According to Whitmer, there are less than 3 days until N95 masks run out at Beaumont Health System. At Henry Ford Health System, it's 4 days, and at the DMC, there are less than 10 days.

For all three health systems, there are less than three days until face shields run out, and less than six days until surgical gowns run out.

That does not include private donations, and the state said it is a vast improvement from last week when they were living day-to-day.

The state is distributing 1.2 million surgical masks that were procured on the open market, and FEMA is shipping more than 1 million N95 masks to Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties this week.

FEMA has already sent 400 ventilators, 1.1 million surgical masks, 232,000 face shields and 2 million gloves to the area.

According to Whitmer, she spoke with Vice President Mike Pence this weekend, and she is grateful and continuing to work with FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Michigan National Guard.

Ford has also shipped one million face shields across the country as part of the fight against COVID-19.

The one millionth face shield shipment was delivered to New York City. More than 190,000 face shields have been shipped and delivered to New York and New Jersey.

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