Governor Jay Inslee has called on Washingtonians to help manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE).
“We need to seize our own destiny,” said Inslee during his Wednesday afternoon press conference.
“We need to do what we did in WWII… It’s time for all of us to turn to manufacturing for what we need to fight this century’s world.”
Inslee explained that Washington is currently receiving equipment from three supply lines: hospitals and medical clinics, the state of Washington, and the federal government.
He stated that the federal government has simply not been fast enough to support the need for supplies in the state. Because of this, Washingtonians are needed to help join the fight against coronavirus.
“Don’t be held back that you can’t make the whole enchilada,” Inslee said. Even if you can’t make the whole coronavirus test kit, you can still help out by making parts of it.
Businesspeople are being called on to create test swab kits, surgical gowns, and surgical masks.
Factories should ask themselves if they can alter their production lines: those making plastic parts should ask themselves if they can make face shields. Those making medical supplies should see if they can make test kits or vials. And those working with fabrics should try to make face masks.
The governor mentioned that the eight things we need most right now are surgical masks, swab tests, saline solution, vials, N-95 masks, gloves, surgical gowns, and face shields.
Those looking for ways to help can visit coronavirus.wa.gov.