Shortage of Medical Supplies Looms as Illinois Healthcare Workers Battle COVID-19

Shortage of Medical Supplies Looms as Illinois Healthcare Workers Battle COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD – As the coronavirus spreads across the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said medical supplies are being used up rapidly.

According to IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the outbreak has led to a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves, gowns and masks for doctors and nurses.

She said the IDPH encourages surgery centers, veterinarians, and others to donate these supplies if they aren’t immediately needed. Rend Lake College recently donated their in-stock PPE equipment to local hospitals.

Also, some distilleries in Illinois are making hand sanitizer to combat a shortage due to COVID-19. The Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau gave the okay last week, saying all craft distilleries could use their alcohol to make hand sanitizer.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the Food and Drug Administration additionally gave distilleries a formula from the World Health Organization and parameters for making the product.