In an effort to support medical staff at 15,000 nursing homes, the DOD has awarded a $134 million contract to the Federal Resources Supply Company.
The contract is for the personal protective equipment (PPE) kits that include protective eyewear, gloves, gowns and masks. The quantities needed for these kits are massive amounts with 1.2 million goggles, 66.4 million pairs of gloves, 12.8 million gowns and 13.8 million masks.
Distribution of the PPE kits started this week on the East Coast, in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. Baltimore and Philadelphia. Delivery of these kits will continue across the US, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Territory of Guam at FEMA designated priority locations.
The distribution of these kits is expected to be completed by June 30th, but these plans may be altered, depending on the contracted rate of production and material distribution based on the availability of transportation.
This contract was put into place by the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency, coordinating with FEMA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
“The Department remains closely partnered with FEMA and HHS, providing almost $2.3 billion in life-saving medical services, supplies and equipment to service members and federal agencies in the nation’s whole-of-government approach to the coronavirus pandemic,” said Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, Department of Defense spokesman.