Minnesota National Guard delivers medical equipment to MDH warehouse

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This weekend the Minnesota National Guard shipped a stockpile of personal protective equipment to the Minnesota Department of Health for distribution to health care facilities around the state.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz activated the National Guard to transport medical equipment in an executive order on Saturday as health workers around the state pleaded for donations of supplies, such as respirators, coveralls and nitrile gloves, to prevent exposure to the novel coronavirus.

The Minnesota National Guard said it delivered more than 81,000 N95 masks, 17,296 pandemic flu kits, 1,153 Tyvek disposable coveralls, 2,265 boots and 2,263 gloves from Camp Ripley in Little Falls to the MDH warehouse in St. Paul.

According to Walz’s executive order, the National Guard will remain active through the remainder of the peacetime state of emergency.

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