March 23, 2020
In another effort to build supply to protect those on the frontlines, battling this pandemic, Gov. Pritzker announced today at his daily press briefing that the state has executed contracts to purchase 2.5 million N95 masks, 1 million disposable surgical masks, 11,000 gloves and 10,000 personal protection kits.
While medical facilities across the state do have their own stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) and use their own vendors to source additional PPE, the administration's procurement effort aims to supplement their existing supply during this period of heightened need.
In a press release, the Governor outlined his request of PPE from the federal government and what the state has received to date. Continuing his calls for more support from the federal government, Gov. Pritzker called for the federal activation of the Defense Production Act to vastly increase the production of essential medical supplies and their distribution to states in need.
As the state receives personal protective equipment from across its multi-pronged procurement operation, Gov. Pritzker announced today that the state has in turn distributed these vital supplies to county emergency management agencies, health departments and hospitals across the state. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has distributed more than 28,400 N95 masks, more than 15,500 pairs of gloves and nearly 6,200 gowns to over a dozen county health departments with the most need.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has also distributed supplies to 150 hospitals and 62 local health departments across Illinois, and the second shipment of supplies from the National Strategic Stockpile will soon be distributed to every public health jurisdiction and hospital in the state.