RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) The NC Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management has distributed approximately 3.5 million cloth face coverings, 4.5 million procedure masks, and significant amounts of additional personal protective equipment to targeted settings across the state.
The ongoing PPE shipments support operations including schools, nursing homes, first responders, agricultural facilities, child care facilities, and courthouses.
“North Carolina has taken aggressive steps to get personal protective equipment in the hands of those who need it,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “Making sure students, teachers, nursing homes and more have what they need to stay safe is a top priority as we battle this pandemic.”
NCDHHS and NCEM distribute PPE across many of the state’s targeted COVID-19 response initiatives.
In total, the state has already distributed more than 7 million pairs of gloves, 650,000 face shields, 600,000 shoe covers, and 100,000 units of hand sanitizer in addition to 3.5 million cloth face coverings and 4.5 million procedure masks.
In late July, NCDHHS and NCEM completed an initial shipment of PPE and supplies to farms and agricultural operations, including over 900,000 masks.
Future PPE shipments will reach farmworkers, farmers, and other agriculture workers in targeted settings such as NC Cooperative Extensions, NC Farmworkers Health Programs, meat packing plants, and community organizations.
Earlier in July, NCDHHS, NCEM, and NC National Guard completed an initial PPE shipment to North Carolina’s more than 3,000 state-licensed long-term care facilities and also completed the first shipment of face coverings for visitors to North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) facilities.
Moving forward, NCAOC facilities will receive approximately 300,000 face coverings per month from NCDHHS for public distribution.
Also in July, NCDHHS sent cleaning supplies and PPE including face coverings, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant to each of the state’s approximately 4,200 currently-open child care programs.
Child care programs have been open with additional health requirements throughout the pandemic, providing an essential service to other frontline workers.
Since June, NCDHHS, NCEM, and the NC National Guard have been distributing PPE Starter Packs to school nurses and health care staff in anticipation of the upcoming academic year.