OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt held a news conference Thursday to announce the state’s plan to get Personal Protective Equipment to Oklahoma schools.
Stitt says the state will use $10 million in COVID-19 relief funds to provide PPE to public schools throughout the state.
Thursday’s announcement comes after Stitt came under fire from a U.S. House panel who accused him of ignoring White House guidance on stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Stitt says the state will provide the following:
- 1.7 million reusable masks – two per teacher and two per student
- 42,000 clear face shields
- 1.2 million pairs of disposable gloves
- 1.2 million disposable gowns.
PPE will be distributed through the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management to regional warehouses across the state for school districts to pick up— with a goal to deliver PPE by August 14.
Stitt also announced a Third Amended Executive Order 2020-20, directing the State Health Department to partner with the Oklahoma State Department of Education to develop a plan by August 21 for teachers to be tested for COVID-19 monthly.
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