Personal protective equipment
Protesters torched their PPE and had their kids join in the bizarre demonstration outside the state Capitol in Boise.
California hospitals — and elsewhere — already have been pushed to the brink because of COVID.
The AP tallied more than $7 billion in purchases by states this spring for personal protective equipment, or PPE, and high-demand medical devices such as ventilators and infrared thermometers.
Some governors described the early PPE marketplace as the Wild West, where supplies simply went to the highest bidder.
One Los Angeles teacher spent nearly $3,000 to get her home set up for distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re five months into this and there are still shortages of gowns, hair covers, shoe covers, masks, N95 masks,” said the president of National Nurses United.
“Based on the demands of social distancing and precautions, there will not be enough money," one superintendent said.
Workers in Chicago and L.A. claim the fast-food giant didn’t provide adequate protection and workers weren’t told when staff tested positive for COVID-19.
The irony of the reelection slogan "Keep America Great" on required protective gear amid a pandemic was not lost.
Trump took issue with a nurse's claim that the delivery of PPE has been "sporadic."