Washington lawmakers warn of protective gear shortage for health workers

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WASHINGTON – Washington lawmakers are urging the federal government to provide more protective gear for state workers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Ten Washington lawmakers sent a letter on Sunday to Alex Azar, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, asking for him to consider sending personal protective equipment (PPE) to Washington state from the Strategic National Stockpile.

The lawmakers write, “we remain deeply concerned that the current supply of PPE is inadequate to meet the need for PPE in Washington state,” and go on to write, “many health centers, nursing facilities, fire departments and other sectors throughout the state have either have either depleted their supply of PPE or will run out in a matter of days.”

The letter was signed by Pramila Jayapal (Member of Congress), Jamie Herrera Beutler (Member of Congress), Patty Murray (US Senator), Maria Cantwell (US Senator), Adam Smith (Member of Congress), Rick Larsen (Member of Congress), Suzan Delbene (Member of Congress), Denny Heck (Member of Congress), Derek Kilmber (Member of Congress, and Kim Schrier (Member of Congress).