Governor Stitt Gives Update On Personal Protective Equipment In Okla.


Wednesday, April 8th 2020, 2:33 am
By: News 9


Governor Kevin Stitt says Oklahoma has more than four million pairs of gloves, 120 thousand gowns, 900 thousand surgical masks, and around 110 thousand respirators. 

There are also 5 thousand hospital beds available across the state.
 
Governor Stitt says the stockpile should prevent shortages, but he is emphasizing the importance of using Oklahoma's stockpile as efficiently as possible.
 
The governor says he's also cautiously optimistic that our state's prevention plans are working, and we're starting to see some of the numbers level off. However, he says Oklahoma can't slow down yet when it comes to being prepared for COVID-19.
"We've got close to two thousand ventilators in our state, and our peak models show we need around 500. So we feel that we are in a good spot. I'm not letting my foot off the gas, we will continue to be prepared and over-prepare," he said.
 
The governor says the latest model has Oklahoma reaching its peak of COVID-19 cases in May.