Bucks County gets shipment of protective gear to combat coronavirus

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Bucks County officials are finally getting their hands on much-needed supplies from a variety of sources to help combat coronavirus.

Bucks County Emergency Services director Scott Forster says a large shipment of supplies arrived Wednesday at the county’s Ivyland operations center.  

“We’ve been able to acquire over 20,000 N95 masks, over 20,000 surgical masks, almost 2,000 face shields, and over 1,600 surgical disposable gowns and many, many boxes of non-latex gloves,” Forster described. 

Forster says the bulk of the supplies were from the federal government’s strategic national stockpile, as well as some supply vendors the county has been working with for weeks.

In the coming days, he says another large order of masks, gowns and gloves will be delivered to the county. And, next week, more bulk orders of similar materials as well as cleaning supplies will be moved into the county.

But will it be enough?

“I can’t say for sure if this is going to be enough or not. We’re going to have to monitor how many people get sick. We’re going to have to take a look at the burn rate of how fast our health care workers and public safety workers are going through these supplies. And, then we’re going to have to make a judgment on whether we’re going to have to order some more stuff,” Forster added. 

Forster says Bucks County will deliver the Wednesday shipment of items to public safety responders, long-term care facilities and hospitals by the end of the week.