State officials indicate Minnesota is not there yet, but they’re making progress on obtaining sufficient numbers of medical-grade masks and other protective equipment (P-P-E) for the upcoming COVID-19 peak. State Administration Department Commissioner Alice Roberts-Davis:
“We are in a much better position than we were a week ago or two weeks ago. We’ve really focused on finding those P-P-E suppliers who are trusted and who we know can get us the inventory that we need.”
Governor Tim Walz said yesterday (Wed) he doesn’t want anyone resting on their laurels but is “feeling more confident than I was a week ago.”
Walz says there are reasons to believe the state is building toward the P-P-E capacity it needs, but there are still unknowns.
“We are starting to see a pretty steady flow of P-P-E into the state that we’re able to get to our front-line health care workers.”