Minnesota hospitals say supplying N95 masks becoming easier

Front-line healthcare workers in Minnesota are seeing availability for N95 masks increase, according to a May 2 report published in the Star Tribune.

The Minnesota Health Department told the newspaper that hospitals in the state are continuing to see supply improve. A spokesperson from the department said, "Almost all hospitals report being able to maintain their N95 supplies and have sufficient N95s on hand," but, "with the recent upswing in cases there are a small number who report they are not able to maintain the N95 supplies."

Currently, Minnesota hospitals have about 2.8 million N95 respirators on hand. With an estimated burn rate of 19,000 masks a day, that supply would last five months, according to the report and state data. That time frame is up from the two-month supply that was reported a year ago.

Read more here.

Copyright © 2022 Becker's Healthcare. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy. Cookie Policy. Linking and Reprinting Policy.