New Mexico Government Is Ramping Up Personal Protective Equipment Shipments
In a press release on April 20, the Office of the Governor of New Mexico stated that the administration of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will continue to send personal protective equipment to communities all over the state; the amount sent is based on need. The PPE being sent is going to hospitals, medical centers and clinics, as well as first responders. The Governor’s Office and the Department of Health are working with hospitals and health care entities to determine their level of personal protective equipment needs for front line health care workers treating and coming in contact with patients.
Gov. Lujan Grisham stated in the press release, “We’ve provided and will continue to provide PPE to cities and counties and pueblos and all manner of entities who request and need it. Because we are immensely grateful to our first responders and the helpers every single day. If they’re not protected, we’re not protected. And we will do everything in our power to keep it that way.”
The Office of the Governor also mentioned in the press release that the state had shipped out 600 orders of PPE to different places around the state as of Sunday, April 19. This includes more than 460,000 pairs of exam gloves, over 38,000 face shields, more than 55,000 hospital gowns, over 98,000 N95 masks, and over 281,000 surgical masks. The state has also and will continue to provide PPE to nursing homes, home health care agencies and assisted living facilities.
Local entities can make personal protective equipment requests to the state’s Emergency Operation Center through their respective emergency managers.
For more information or to read the full press release go to https://www.governor.state.nm.us/.