'We're taking zero chances on preparedness': NYC builds $900M stockpile of PPE

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City has built a stockpile of 150 million pieces of personal protective gear in preparation for a second wave of coronavirus.

The city is hoping to avoid a repeat of its scramble for the equipment during the first wave in the spring.

"A second wave is at our doorstep, and we're taking zero chances on preparedness," said Mayor Bill de Blasio." "New York City has stepped up so our frontline heroes and healthcare workers will have what they need to save lives.”

The $900 million stockpile includes nearly 46 million isolation gowns, 58 million surgical masks, more than 9 million N95 masks, nearly 6 million face shields, more than 30 million nitrate gloves, and nearly 1 million goggles.

The stash is in addition to a state required 90-day reserve at hospital.

"The stockpile is an added level of security for healthcare facilities across the city," the mayor's office said. "Hospitals cannot source from it in lieu of stockpiling their own material to reach the 90-day target, as is required by the state."