Gov. Little visited medical supply storage area Tuesday

Posted at 1:54 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 17:28:00-04

BOISE, Idaho — Governor Brad Little is updating Idahoans on the amount of medical supplies in Idaho after visiting the staging area where medical supplies are being donated in Boise Tuesday. The supplies are being provided by private donors, the federal government and other sources, according to a press release from the Governor's Office.

“Right now, Idaho has enough personal protective equipment for our healthcare workers’ needs, and we are continuing to secure more medical supplies to further prepare us,” Governor Little said. “The protection of our healthcare workers is a big part of preserving healthcare capacity, and ample personal protective equipment keeps them healthy and safe. Our goal from the start has been to slow the spread of coronavirus to protect lives and preserve healthcare capacity so we can get back to normal as quickly as possible.”

There are enough supplies to meet the projected demand for another two weeks based on strategies in place. Idaho can get more resource if it is needed. Supplies have been received through the Strategic National Stockpile, private donations and state and federal procurement.

The supplies are being overseen by the Idaho Office of Emergency Management and will be distributed across the state. The number of supplies received in Idaho are below.

Face shields
N95 Masks
Surgical Masks
Safety Goggles

“The statewide stay-home order is working to slow the spread of coronavirus, and Idaho will be better positioned for a strong economic comeback because we are making difficult changes in how we live and work in the short-term,” Governor Little added. “I urge citizens and businesses to continue to donate medical supplies.”

Information on how to donate medical supplies is available at here.