March 26, 2020: COVID-19 Joint Information Center Daily Bulletin
WA Department of Health
Recap of Yesterday's COVID-19 News and Updates
PPE phone briefing: The JIC's phone briefing today featured Jerrod Davis (Department of Health), Linda Kent (Department of Enterprise Services) and Karina Shagren (Emergency Management Division) speaking about state efforts to procure personal protective equipment (PPE). Some key points included:
- Global supply chains have been interrupted since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Factors such as a growing number of COVID-19 cases, panic buying, and supply hoarding have led to shortages in PPE.
- Many agencies coordinate with the state Emergency Operations Center to source and get PPE to where it is needed to support our medical system, first responders, public health, and care facilities.
- We are pursuing every available option to overcome this challenge, including making requests of federal sources, seeking bulk donations of PPE, working with local and national organization who have PPE to purchase, working with manufacturers willing to switch gears and produce needed items, and working with health care providers to implement PPE conservation measures. We are also encouraging people to work with their local Emergency Management Divisions on donations.
- Since we are seeking all possible sources, and since things are moving so fast and so many entities are working to bring things in throughout the day—every day—giving real time updates with comprehensive numbers is really challenging.
- To fill immediate needs, examples of what we’ve had success in obtaining this week include:
- 500 ventilators
- 1200 gowns
- 500,000 N-95 masks
- 130,000 surgical masks
- Examples of what else we’ve been able to buy or have donated include:
- 3,000 infrared no-contact thermometers
- 10,000 disposable thermometers
- 2.4 million N95 masks – and an anticipated order of 2.2 million more today
- 300 ventilators
- 2,500 disposable stethoscopes
- We’ve also got varying numbers of coveralls and gowns sourced (ordered or donated)
(It is very important to know that it takes time for products and supplies to arrive and delivery schedules vary item by item and order by order. Arrival time can range from days to weeks.)
- Examples of where we are having current challenges:
- Disposable gowns
- Hand sanitizer
Our next phone briefing will take place on Tuesday, 3/31. Each briefing will feature different topics and speakers.
Stay Home, Stay Healthy guidance: Yesterday Gov. Jay Inslee announced new measures to combat COVID-19 and released additional guidance for construction in his order.
Social distancing and mental health: We need each other. Being isolated from other people can make our physical and mental health worse and can trigger anxiety and depression. Especially if you live alone, social distancing is hard on our bodies and our emotions. And when we add to that the worries about unknowns — will I get sick? Will someone I love get sick? What will happen to my job? — we layer on additional stresses. If you find yourself lonely, stressed, or anxious, pay attention to these emotions and take action. Read more in the Department of Health's daily blog.
State agency updates:
- Department of Commerce announced $1.8 million in additional state grants to rural counties to assist people and businesses impacted by COVID-19.
- Department of Fish and Wildfire has temporarily closed recreational fishing and shellfishing statewide in the wake of Gov. Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
- Department of Social and Health Services announced that its Community Services Offices will further reduce foot traffic from the public beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 26 in response to the order.
- State Superintendent Chris Reykdal held a media availability today to share information and answer questions about recent guidance that asked school districts to plan for how they will provide educational services by Monday, March 30. Technical guidance for school districts will come out early next week. Read more in OSPI Bulletin 024-20.
- Department of Health continues to post new resources and information, including: