The N95 shortage America can’t seem to fix

In this article from the Washington Post, Jessica Contrera details America’s N95 shortage, alongside one nurse’s heartbreaking battle to protect herself at work. It is evident that her struggle is becoming commonplace in the healthcare industry. Sadly, it won’t end until America resolves its major supply chain issues surrounding PPE.

CDC Removes Guidelines Saying Coronavirus Can Spread From Tiny Air Particles

“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control pulled new guidelines acknowledging the new coronavirus could be transmitted by tiny particles that linger in the air, saying a draft version of proposed changes was posted in error on the agency’s website. For months, the CDC said the new coronavirus is primarily transmitted between people in close contact […]

Updated CDC guidance acknowledges coronavirus can spread through the air

“The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website to say coronavirus can commonly spread ‘through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols,’ which are produced even when a person breathes. ‘Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread,’ the site now says. Previously, […]

US coronavirus case rates are ticking up after weeks of decline

(CNN) “Daily US coronavirus cases have been ticking up recently, a trend medical experts have said they won’t want to see as a potentially complicated flu season approaches. New daily cases averaged about 39,700 over a week as of Thursday — and that average has risen the past five days, data from Johns Hopkins University show. This […]

Why Can’t America Make Enough N95 Masks? 6 Months Into Pandemic, Shortages Persist

Earlier this week, NPR interviewed Joel Rose about America’s PPE shortages. Now, he has published an article further detailing his findings. To read the article, click here.

Bills to Exempt PPE Purchases from Tax

Here is an interesting article from MiBiz that explains why employers will be exempt from sales tax. Employers could buy pandemic-related personal protection equipment without having to pay state sales or use taxes under proposed statewide legislation. The state House Tax Policy Committee began reviewing two bills this week that would exempt from sales and […]

NPR Probes Why Personal Protective Equipment Is Still In Short Supply

In this five minute interview, Joel Rose does a deep dive into America’s dramatic PPE shortage, and examines possible solutions. Click here to listen.

‘We’ll no longer be beholding to China’: Graham announces legislation incentivizing American-made PPE

Last month, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the U.S. MADE act, which he hopes will be included in the latest coronavirus relief package. If passed, the bill will create a 7.5 billion dollar tax credit for companies that manufacture PPE. Graham hopes this tax credit will relieve US reliance on foreign PPE. “The goal is […]

Legislation introduced for long-term US-made PPE contracts

Earlier this week, representatives Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to the Senate that incentives domestic manufacturing of PPE. The legislation will require the Defense Logistics Agency to issue long term contracts for PPE made in the US. “Multi-year contracts give producers the certainty to know that their investment in the […]

[Video] Sen. Mitch McConnell on State Spending of Federal Stimulus Packages

This video from WHAS 11 shows Mitch McConnell tell reporters that Kentucky has only spent 6% of the stimulus package the commonwealth received from the federal government. Most other states have spent up to 25% of their allotted stimulus packages from Congress, but many are also sitting on the cash. Statistically, Kentucky is one of […]