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Direct Relief Delivers Protective Gear Nationwide to Health Clinics and Hospitals

More than 1,000 shipments of protective gear are prepped for shipment in Direct Relief's warehouse on May 7, 2020, in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)
More than 1,000 shipments of protective gear are prepped for shipment in Direct Relief's warehouse on May 7, 2020, in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)

Direct Relief delivered over the last week 1 million surgical masks, 1 million face shields, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to 1,230 non-profit health clinics and hospitals in all 50 U.S. states that are playing a critical role in the fight against Covid-19.

The shipments were transported by FedEx and contained face shields donated by Apple and 3M, masks donated by AstraZeneca and Cisco, and essential products donated by Vaseline and others.

Since January 24, when Direct Relief sent its first shipment of PPE in response to the coronavirus outbreak to Seattle, the organization has delivered nearly 10,000 shipments containing more than 4.3 million masks, 3.1 million gloves, 622,000 face shields and 100,000 gowns to health facilities across the U.S. and in more than 50 countries.

Direct Relief has also equipped hospitals with 500 “push packs,” each holding enough ICU critical medications and supplies for at least 100 hospitalized patients, provided 3,000 oxygen concentrators to help recovering patients leave the hospital sooner, and committed $27 million in funds to community health providers in the U.S.

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