NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A councilman gave an update Thursday on how much personal protective equipment the city has in its 90-day COVID stockpile.
Councilman Ben Kallos tweeted a list of the protective gear announced at a joint hearing, along with the question: “Is this enough for NYC?”
Here’s what the city has in its stockpile, according to Kallos:
• 185 million nitrile gloves
• 54 million 3-ply surgical masks
• 37 million Level 3 isolation gowns
• 13.5 million N95 masks
• 6 million face shields
• 900,000 goggles
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 90-day #COVID19 stockpiles announced at our @NYCCouncil joint hearing:— Ben Kallos, NYC Council Member (@BenKallos) October 22, 2020
13.5M N95 masks,
37M Lvl 3 isolation gowns,
54M 3-ply surgical masks,
185M nitrile gloves,
900,000 goggles, &
6M face shields.
Open Question: Is this enough for #NYC?
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced back in May that the city would create and maintain a 90-day stockpile of PPE “to ensure hospitals citywide are equipped to handle a potential resurgence of COVID-19.”
The mayor made the announcement when the city was struggling to acquire enough PPE to get through a single week. He said the city would gradually add materials to its stockpile once it had a 14-day supply on hand.
“We’ve been to hell and back, beating this virus back inch-by-inch every day,” de Blasio said at the time. “But now is not the time to let our guard down. We are planning for every possible scenario with COVID-19, ensuring our hospitals and frontline heroes will have the reinforcements they need to save lives.”