County, Cities Allocate $150,000 for PPE

County, Cities Allocate $150,000 for PPE

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers

SWEETWATER COUNTY– Yesterday, the Sweetwater County Commissioners, Green River City Council, and Rock Springs City Council all approved an MOU between the three parties to each put forth $50,000 to go toward personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.

The three parties together are allocating $150,000 to purchase, obtain, and distribute PPE items directly related to combating COVID-19 for use by law enforcement, fire, and other emergency personnel commonly employed by the parties.

Additionally, the MOU states that each party also agrees to each make an additional $100,000 available for immediate distribution to the joint account if necessary.

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With a shortage of PPE nationwide, the counties are having to step up and acquire PPE for their local needs. During Governor Mark Gordon’s press conference last Friday, Lynn Budd, Security Unit Chief of the Office of Homeland Security, said the state has distributed PPE across the state including:

  • 47,455 N95 masks
  • 83,650 surgical masks
  • 44,400 gloves
  • 3,804 face shields
  • 14,635 isolation gowns

Those supplies came from the state’s inventory as well as the Strategical National Stockpile (SNS). However, Budd said the state is expecting its third and most likely final shipment from the SNS in the next coming weeks. Therefore, the local governments are having to step up even more to acquire and distribute PPE.