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Oregon National Guard distributing PPE items to care centers statewide

The equipment includes about 177,000 surgical masks, 127,000 gloves, 55,000 N95 masks, 33,000 face shields, and 2,500 gowns.

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon National Guard has begun rapid distribution of about 400,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to long-term care centers around the state, Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday.

The effort is meant to add to similar efforts by the Oregon Health Authority and the state Department of Human Services in trying to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the governor said in a prepared statement.

The equipment includes about 177,000 surgical masks, 127,000 gloves, 55,000 N95 masks, 33,000 face shields and 2,500 gowns.

“Thank you to our tireless National Guard members for making this rapid distribution of personal protective equipment possible," the governor's office wrote.

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