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Oklahoma Schools Urged To Donate Surplus Medical Supplies

Oklahoma’s hospitals face a massive shortage of medical supplies.

Earlier this month, the state requested hundreds of thousands of facemasks, shields and surgical gowns from the federal government. But according to a ProPublica report, has only received a fraction of those supplies.

And now, Oklahoma’s State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is urging the state’s schools to donate surplus medical supplies to hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though supplies in school nursing offices across the state wouldn’t fill in that gap, Hofmeister says they would “make a measurable difference.” Needed supplies include masks, eye protection, gloves, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer.

Robby Korth joined StateImpact Oklahoma in October 2019, focusing on education reporting.
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