Supply shortages remain a top concern as states move toward reopening
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On May 7, 2020, CNN posted the article of this title "Supply shortages remain a top concern as states move toward reopening".
The article reported that the State of Washington ordered 300 million items of personal protective equipment (PPE) in March but so far less than 10% of the order has been fulfilled. In Georgia, one state official said there was still a need for gowns. According to data from the state's emergency management agency, Georgia requested more than 3 million gowns from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but to date, had only received a little under 200,000. The state also received less than requested of other personal protective items like surgical masks and coveralls. And California ran into issues ordering from the private market, announcing Wednesday that the state will be refunded $247 million it paid to a Chinese firm to deliver 200 million N95 respirator masks under a secretive contract which had not been disclosed to the public.
The article also indicated that states continue to be in a position of having to fend for themselves, worried, in some cases, that re-opening might exacerbate the already-dire shortages.