Wyoming receives 50,000 protective face masks from Taiwanese government

The Taiwanese government shipped about 50,000 protective face masks to Wyoming to help with its efforts to combat the coronavirus.

Gov. Mark Gordon, Facebook: Wyoming has received approximately 50,000 protective face masks from the Taiwanese government to help protect frontline workers against the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Mark Gordon said Thursday.

“I want to thank Director General Alex Fan of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) for the donation of 50,000 medical face masks from Taiwan to Wyoming,” the governor wrote in a Facebook post announcing the delivery. “We will be distributing those masks soon to where they are needed most. We thank the people of Taiwan for their support of Wyoming as we respond to COVID-19 and protect lives while easing restrictions on businesses.”

The shipment provides the state with a much-needed influx of personal protective equipment as federal officials have largely left states to procure their own supplies. While Wyoming has had some limited success in obtaining the equipment from a variety of sources, anecdotal evidence from many in the health care community suggest the state’s supply has so far been insufficient to meet the needs of health care workers and other first responders around the state.

Requests to the federal government for gloves, surgical masks and other provisions have gone unanswered, the governor has said, and in recent weeks, the federal government has actually diverted requested supplies from Wyoming for use in other parts of the country, a trend seen in other regions of the country.

Source: Casper Star Tribune
Nick Reynolds
April 23, 2020 Updated April 24, 2020

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