Division of Public Health Information Update
Dated March 17, 2020
Topic: Personal protective equipment supply
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has been notified of the extremely limited supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) that will be distributed to Wisconsin. The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will provide DHS with 48-hour notice as to when these supplies will be arriving, but as of this time no such notice has been received.
- The stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) coming to Wisconsin is extremely limited. It consists of extremely small numbers of: N95 respirators, surgical masks, face shields, gowns, coveralls, and gloves.
- Long term care facilities should be optimizing current inventories of PPE per the CDC guidance.
Long term care facilities and DQA will be notified when supplies become available. The order form and instructions will be posted on the DHS Outbreak page.