Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and his health director, Dr. Amy Acton, are appealing to everyone — and they mean everyone — to tell the state if they have or can make any supplies on a "top 10" list they released over the weekend.
Ohio, like many other states, has a shortage of almost every medical item needed to deal with the surge of COVID-19 patients expected within the next few weeks. It has received its portion of the national stockpile, ordered the cancelation of elective procedures and appealed to dentists, veterinarians and construction companies to donate their supplies. But it won't be enough, DeWine said.
"We need a lot more," he said.
Here's the top 10 list of what they're looking for:
• Surgical gowns
• Surgical masks
• Gloves (nitrile, vinyl or butyl)
• N95 particulate masks
• Isolation gowns
• Face shields
• Foot coverings
• Tyvek coveralls
• Ventilator tubing
"If anyone can make these or thinks they can make these or needs specifications, please contact us," DeWine said.
People are being asked to email email@example.com if they think they can help.
In other medical supply news on Saturday, one Ohio lab has designed a method for sterilizing medical masks for reuse and is awaiting FDA approval. Acton also said some Ohio hospitals have begun to experiment with using one ventilator (which are also in short supply) for multiple patients who are suffering from the respiratory effects of the disease, but they will need additional ventilator tubing to make that effective on a large scale.