CHICAGO (WEEK) - At his daily briefing today Governor JB Pritzker announced another airlift of millions of disposable PPE coming to the state Monday.
He said this airlift will be coming from China. Once on the ground, the Illinois National Guard will be handling the transportation to ensure that the supplies get to those working on the front lines. It will be taken to a state warehouse where inventory and performance quality checks will be done before being shipped out.
"If it strikes you as atypical that in the midst of a national emergemcy a state is directly airlifting emergency response materials from another country, you'd be right. but that's the landscape that we're operating in. Competing with other states, other countries and even our own federal government for supplies," explained Pritzker.
The Governor went on to say that most of the disposable PPE necessary for our medical workers is manufactured in China. He also said they are always on the look out for PPE scams that are becoming more prevalent.
One staple that remains open for business throughout the pandemic, grocery stores. And reports of several grocery store workers testing positive for COVID-19 means more diligence is needed when out shopping.
Governor Pritzker said Sunday that simply keeping your distance, 6 feet away from anyone else may not be enough to protect yourself, and your family.
"They absolutely should wipe down everything bought at stores, I would suggest to everybody. everything really need to be wiped down. And whatever you were carrying groceries in needs to be thrown away or if it can be wiped down, great," said the Governor.
Grocery stores have also implemented stringent standards for employees, providing shields, and PPE. Walmart now requiring their employees to wear masks starting tomorrow.