Governor Kate Brown Announces Oregon Progress on Personal Protective Equipment Acquisition, Highlights Urgent Need for Federal Contribution
Oregon Dental Association among the first organizations to donate, collecting members’ reserves of masks and gloves for distribution to hospital staff and first responders
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced Oregon’s progress on acquiring personal protective equipment (PPE) to collect as much available supply as possible from around the state. The effort is underway in anticipation of the surge of COVID-19 patients that will need treatment in the coming weeks.
She thanked those individuals, businesses, organizations, and health care providers who have already responded to her call to contribute any available reserves of PPE for COVID-19 response. However, even the significant amounts donated fall far short of what is needed in Oregon, with health care workers across the state still reusing PPE and even making their own masks and face shields due to national PPE shortages.
“I want to sincerely thank every single individual and organization who contributed to this effort,” said Governor Brown. “You truly reflect the Oregon way––coming together in difficult times for the good of Oregonians most in need.”
The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) was among the first organizations leading the way through a donation drive that resulted in more than 60,000 masks and approximately 600,000 gloves, gowns, and face shields from dentists across Oregon. ODA completed the drive after the Governor’s March 19 call to conserve personal protective equipment, which is essential when diagnosing, treating, and caring for individuals with COVID-19.
In addition to the contributions of the ODA, the ECC has received over 104,000 masks and 273,000 gloves from private donations.
However, a far greater amount of PPE will still be necessary to fill the need of health care workers to treat Oregon’s anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients––a need which only the federal government has the resources to meet.
“I know these are challenging times for all Oregonians, including the medical providers who have halted all non-urgent procedures in response to my recent executive order. Doing so allows us to conserve and redirect these critical resources to our state’s COVID-19 response.