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PPE distribution

BOCC authorization of CARES Act funding and additional resources from the state will create a major PPE increase in Johnson County

Plans are underway for Johnson County service providers, businesses and organizations in many industries to access an increased amount of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) through two different channels.

PPE Stabilization in Response to COVID-19

Today, the Board of County Commissioners authorized the utilization of $14,996,458, to be reimbursed with CARES Act funding for the procurement of PPE for health care providers and public safety and emergency responders. Since early March, Johnson County has struggled to keep up with the unprecedented need for surgical masks, gowns, face shields and other important supplies required to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

Johnson County Emergency Management research has revealed that health care providers and public safety providers in Johnson County “burn” through more than 172,000 pieces of PPE every day. As the county, regional and state reserves have been fully leveraged, and the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has become depleted, Johnson County is now primarily reliant on the private sector supply chain to access additional PPE.

Today’s board action accomplishes the following:

  • PPE stabilization: Approximately $6.3 million of the total authorization goes toward stabilizing and maintaining the amount of PPE estimated to be needed by health care and public safety workers to get through the end of 2020, based on the county’s burn rate.
  • Developing a reserve: The cost to achieve three months of reserve of PPE supplies for health care and public safety is estimated to be $8,426,548.
  • Facility costs: An estimated $250,000 is designated for receiving, storing and providing enhanced security for larger quantities of PPE. 

This action also streamlines the procurement process and includes an exception to competition to allow Johnson County Government to be quicker and more effective in acquiring needed supplies from reputable, vetted and verified suppliers.

New, non-medical PPE available for certain businesses and organizations

Also, today the Board received details on a separate pool of non-medical PPE intended for businesses and organizations outside the medical and public safety field. The state has recently made available at no cost a stockpile of non-medical masks, face shields and gowns. More details are to come on that.

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