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U.S. states share, get creative in hunt for medical supplies

With the federal stockpile drained of protective gear, states are turning to each other, private industry and anyone who can donate in a desperate bid to get medical equipment and supplies.

4/10/2020 3:49:00 PM

With the federal stockpile drained of protective gear, states are turning to each other, private industry and anyone who can donate in a desperate bid to get medical equipment and supplies.

With the federal stockpile drained of protective gear, states are turning to each other, private industries and anyone who can donate in a desperate bid to get respirators, gloves and other...

With the federal stockpile drained of protective gear, states are turning to each other, private industries and anyone who can donate in a desperate bid to get respirators, gloves and other supplies to doctors, nurses and other front-line workers.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Wednesday that the federal cupboard is officially bare at least through this month after it was able to fulfill just a sliver of states’ requests.

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The development is not a complete surprise. Last month, President Donald Trump told governors to take care of their own needs. States said they were trying but that bidding in a global marketplace for the supplies was highly competitive and expensive, pitting states against each other, their own hospital systems and other countries, including the U.S. government.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, said his state has been pursuing multiple avenues to obtain personal protective equipment since the severity of the coronavirus outbreak became apparent.“Whether it’s the commercial market, whether it’s overseas, whether it’s partnering with other states, we’ve been scouring literally the planet for a variety of PPE,” he said.

States also have begun working together, whether its forming regional alliances to create greater purchasing power or sending excess supplies to hot spots.California Gov. Gavin Newsom said this week his state, the nation’s most populous, plans to spend nearly $1 billion to buy 500 million masks from May through July with the idea of distributing them throughout the Western U.S. State officials have said they won’t be setting up a new supply chain, but rather sharing with states that have a high need. California had spent $1.4 billion on medical equipment even before announcing its ramped-up purchases.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said her state has joined with others in the Great Lakes region to gain buying power. By last week, Michigan, which has more cases than all but two other states, had spent $130 million on medical supplies to address the crisis.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said his state has received five times as many masks from neighboring North Dakota as from the national stockpile. Vermont officials said they’ve worked with other New England states to acquire protective gear.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that he will propose that states form a purchasing consortium when he takes over as chairman of the National Governors Association this fall.

“If the federal government’s not going to do it, then the states have to do it,” he said. “But what happened now can’t happen again. And it can’t continue to happen.”He estimated that New York has spent at least $1 billion in its response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Even when the federal government was distributing from its stockpile, most states found that it provided only a fraction of what they needed. In early March, the federal government had said the nation could need as many as 3.5 billion N95 respirator masks over the next year. It delivered 11.7 million to states, just a fraction of the estimated need, according to data released by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Deliveries of other gear also fell well below the amounts requested.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, said the state had landed 27 times as many masks and gloves on its own as the federal government provided.An AP analysis of stockpile distribution data released this week by the House committee underscored what appeared to be, at least at times, an unfocused approach in which the federal government was sending its supplies. Low-population states with relatively few confirmed COVID-19 infections received disproportionate amounts of some equipment, the data show. Alaska and Wyoming, for example, received more than 300 respirators for every confirmed case, while hard-hit New Jersey received just six per case.

To be sure, the federal government is not completely out of the supply business, even with an empty national stockpile. It’s buying gear overseas and turning it over to private companies to sell to the states, and is sending states money to help pay for their coronavirus-related costs.

Still, governors are using whatever means they can to supply their medical workers as public health officials warn of case breakouts in more states.Louisiana State University said its Baton Rouge campus is creating a manufacturing facility to produce 200,000 gowns for doctors in New Orleans, building on an effort that a faculty member started in his garage.

The Iowa Department of Corrections has had inmates produce protective gear, including more than 25,000 masks, 3,000 gowns and 5,000 face shields. In Texas, the National Guard is being enlisted to help at Prestige Ameritech, the nation’s largest producer of surgical masks. Arizona is buying 6 million N95 masks from a new production line created by Honeywell.

Arkansas, California, Oregon and Washington have sent ventilators to other states with more pressing needs. New Jersey was among the recipients.“As soon as we can raise our hand and say, ‘We’re through this,’ we’ll be more than happy to return the favor to any other place that is going through (it) as a hot spot,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said.

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___This story has been corrected to show that California plans to spend $1 billion total, not per month, on masks.___Mulvihill reported from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.___Associated Press reporters Mike Catalini in Trenton, New Jersey; Bob Christie in Phoenix; Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; David Eggert in Lansing, Michigan; Ben Fox in Washington, D.C.; Amy Beth Hanson in Helena, Montana; Anthony Izaguirre in Charleston, West Virginia; David Pitt in Des Moines, Iowa; Holly Ramer in Concord, New Hampshire; Wilson Ring in Montpelier, Vermont; Kathleen Ronayne in Sacramento, California; Julie Carr Smyth in Columbus, Ohio; Marina Villeneuve in Albany, New York; and Paul Weber in Austin, Texas, contributed to this article.

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This shit is nobody’s fault Fake news WBRCnews That’s the Governor of California THAT GAVE BACK MEDICAL SUPPLIES BACK .. Yes quit relying on government! Their trying to destroy the American freedom! the problem is everything is made in china and your idiots to the highest level possible to put the american citizens in this position. you should all hang by your necks and do it like they use to in front of the whole town.

Look on ebay. Buy a box of masks then go get their stockpile. Pay them fair price value or put them in jail? Not for me to say but that's what I'd do. Needs to be a States union task force in this. NOT FEDS. but state's union group. Keep feds out! We will see better results now that people and GOVERNORS know they can’t beg the Federal govt for supplies.

Remember last week, when the Feds said they had a stockpile but it was theirs alone? The Federal governments failure will show in the polls. Trump grifted USA Medical supplies to highest bidder. TRUMPGENOCIDEFORPROFIT OH but' those are OURS' quotes the Kushner FOP! Yes shitheel they are the Federal Governments to NOT LET This Bidding War for medical supply's go Rampant! Let the States fight for them! Ooooh, that's right...You are on the side of big Business Buddies and Donors to get Richer!

Oh now dependent on China again. Get it from China. Not all of them are crooks. Americans are worse price gougers than they are. Who has it? Where did they get it? Who is making the profits here? Can't Expect any Help from the Incompetent Trump coronavirus You know that fed stockpiles were empty under Obama’s, the President told you on presser

And so, in a free market system, when a supply of something is used up, somebody sees that need and takes steps to fill it. And so that will be happening, They sometimes call that “supply and demand.” FakeNews old news, now we move products to where it is needed. Thanks obama & Biden NeverDemocrat WalkAway LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder EnemyOfThePeople Trump2020

God Or Party, GOP ? States have finally recognized that The Jolly Orange Child now in the Oval Office is incapable of doing the Job. I would venture to say it’s not so much drained it’s just the pos politicians want to stop testing, get everyone back out to spread more Covid so they can gain more profits. Great America we live in.

Very sad state of affairs all because of trump idiocy and gross stupidity Time to watch our state representatives go to work. That's why we have them, no? Feds are shipping direct also, bypassing the Fed disty centers. Let's hope they don't get ripped off by China, like Europe did ... Jesus, this wasn’t some 10yrs ago; this was 2/24/2020, as in 6 weeks ago! A US President said this 6 weeks ago, even praised WHO; then we lost 16,000 Americans souls! Once a fraud, always a fraud! The most incompetent fck this country ever had as Pres!

That's all Obama's fault. Trump has only had 3+ years to do something about it.

U.S. states share, get creative in hunt for medical suppliesWith the federal stockpile drained of protective gear, states are turning to each other, private industries and anyone who can donate in a desperate bid to get respirators, gloves and other... That is what they are supposed to do! How long will the world tolerate nuisance of China .. China must be stripped off its veto power .. all trade relations shld b put to an end with extreme sanctions .. Chinesevirus is an unforgivable crime & world must set an xample of punishment. ChinaLiedPeopleDied Trump should have invoked the DPA months ago... He golfed and tweeted rather than deal decisively with the virus the way South Korea’s president did

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