As coronavirus spreads, frontline workers press Inslee for more info on where personal protective equipment is going

Published by THE SEATTLE TIMES on 4/3/20 (Source)

Amid continuing shortages of personal protective equipment, labor organizations representing nurses and first responders are pressing Gov. Jay Inslee for more information about what gear is being distributed and where it is going.

Leaders of these groups say that some of their members are reporting acute shortages of masks and other protective gear, while others are in better shape. The groups are asking for weekly distribution reports that they say could help ensure that the gear goes to where it is most needed.

“It is critical that we understand the supply chain and where PPE can be utilized… now, rather than being saved for later,” said an April 1 letter from leaders of six labor groups, including the Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs, Washington State Council of Firefighters and the Washington State Nurses Association.