ANNAPOLIS, MD —Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday provided an update on the State of Maryland’s supply of personal protective equipment, and announced that the state has launched the Maryland Manufacturing Network Supplier Portal, an online platform that helps connect Maryland suppliers with buyers in need of critical resources.
Increasing Maryland’s supply of PPE is one of the four building blocks Governor Hogan announced would need to be firmly in place before the state can consider lifting restrictions and beginning the safe, gradual, and effective ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.’ A multi-agency task force has been working around the clock to ramp up Maryland’s supply of PPE, with large deliveries coming into the state’s warehouses on a daily basis. Dating back to March 27, the State of Maryland has received:
- KN95 masks: 4.5M units
- Gloves: 3.5M units
- Face Shields: 1.1M units
- N95 masks: 600K units
- Gowns: 150K units
- Hand Sanitizer: 47K gallons
- Infrared Thermometers: 5K units
A partnership between the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP), the Maryland Manufacturing Network Supplier Portal, offers a central location where buyers, such as health care systems, local emergency management agencies, and essential companies, can identify which suppliers have PPE, health care equipment, and other essential items.
“One of the biggest challenges Maryland and our nation have faced in battling coronavirus has been ensuring we have a steady supply of PPE for our health care workers, first responders, and essential employees,” said Governor Hogan. “This portal offers a one-stop-shop where manufacturers of PPE and other essential items can connect with the buyers that need these items the most and help us address critical supply chain demand.”
“As the coronavirus pandemic unfolded in our state, many of our local manufacturers, particularly those that were already producing PPE, reached out to us to see how they could help in increasing production of these critical items,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “This overwhelming response from our business community led us to partner with Maryland MEP to develop this tool which will enable buyers to search for Maryland companies that are making the supplies they need most.”