CORONAVIRUS: Procurement of Personal Protective Equipment remains major focus for Kansas Featured

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The search for additional personal protective equipment continues at the state level.

During her daily news conference Monday afternoon, Governor Laura Kelly discussed the state's ongoing efforts to procure additional equipment following the final allocation from the National Strategic Stockpile last Thursday. As Governor Kelly mentioned Friday, the state only received around 90 percent of what was expected as the allocation was based on census numbers from 2010.

Governor Kelly says in the past two weeks, the state has submitted seven requests to FEMA for additional supplies, none of which have been filled at this time.

Recently the state has begun reaching out to the private market to secure the supplies needed and have managed to purchase some equipment to "hold Kansas over" until additional supply chains can be located or FEMA responds to the previously mentioned requests. In the meantime, Governor Kelly says they have been "scouring" Kansas seeking to redirect existing PPE from businesses across the state to help meet the ever-growing need.

Again Governor Kelly stressed the importance of securing and distributing the equipment as quickly as possible for "front line workers" such as medical professionals and first responders. Also during the press conference, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Lee Norman announced the state currently has 845 positive cases. This is an increase of 98 since Sunday with 25 deaths at this time.

Governor Laura Kelly will continue her daily press conferences Tuesday at 2 pm. As always, you can tune into the broadcast on KVOE 1400 am and 96.9 fm.

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