State health department begins to distribute resources from Strategic National Stockpile
DENVER — The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are shipping supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile across Colorado starting Monday to help communities respond to COVID-19.
The Strategic National Stockpile is the nation’s largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out.
Colorado received the following materials:
- 49,200 N95 masks
- 115,000 surgical masks
- 21,420 surgical gowns
- 21,800 face shields
- 84 coveralls
CDPHE estimates that these supplies are sufficient for approximately one full day of statewide operations.
The State Unified Command Group, which is part of the EOC, will distribute these materials to every county health department and tribe throughout the state where they are needed most. The following factors were used to determine allocation:
- county population
- portion of the population that is older than age 65 proportional to the state population
- the number of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals
- if the county or tribe has received supplies previously
All county health departments and tribes in the state will receive supplies. CDPHE will work with regional staff to coordinate deliveries.
“We are relieved that we have finally received materials from the Strategic National Stockpile, but it’s not nearly enough,” said Scott Bookman, COVID Incident Commander. “We’re going to need more supplies and are grateful to all our partners across the state who are donating supplies and stepping up to help Colorado meet the demand.”
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