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Kentucky seeks manufacturing, donations as need for personal protective equipment grows

Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is looking for ways to manufacture PPE and critical equipment amid the nova coronavirus pandemic.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — As the need for personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and facilities grow amid the nova coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Kentucky officials are turning to companies and donations for help.

“We were trying to buy any ventilator we can, but virtually every order is getting bought out either by the federal government or being sent directly to one of the hot spots,” Governor Andy Beshear said. “It’s a challenge, but we go to work and we fight for everything we can get each and every day.

Beshear said the state is looking for ways to manufacture PPE and critical equipment.

“If you are a Kentucky company and you think you can do any of this, give us a call. If we create our own manufacturing base to create PPE, we will be in a better place than just about any other state. If you can manufacture it, we will buy it,” he said.

A new hotline and website have been created to help the donation process. Beshear says PPE donations will be accepted at all 16 Kentucky State posts across the Commonwealth and at Transportation Cabinet offices in Louisville and Lexington.

The phone number is 1-833-448-3773 and visit the website by clicking here.


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