Nurses told state lawmakers at an on-line hearing Tuesday they don’t have enough personal protective equipment to keep their patients and themselves safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tanya Moss, R-N at Sanford Health had a message for President Trump, state governors and hospitals…

“We need transparency and truthfulness, and not gaslighting. If there isn’t enough, then admit there isn’t enough and get us what we need.”

State officials acknowledge the federal government has relaxed guidelines for P-P-E use during the pandemic. Mary Krinkie with the Minnesota Hospital Association says:

“This is not about the money. This is about being able to physically get our hands on this personal protective equipment.”

Some question whether elective surgeries should still be allowed in Minnesota, given tight supplies of P-P-E. Krinkie responds patients with non-COVID medical needs have been waiting for necessary procedures.