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On one thing, both Missouri’s Gov. Mike Parson and health experts agree: The state must dramatically increase supplies of masks and other protective medical gear to keep health care workers and the general public safe from COVID-19.

To that end, state officials recently created an online PPE marketplace. But critics say a lack of oversight and legal protections has left marketplace buyers vulnerable to scams and price gouging.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker says he’s having to pursue many avenues to acquire personal protective equipment for hospitals and healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University donated their supplies of personal protective equipment.
Washington University School of Medicine

The surge in demand for personal protective equipment during the coronavirus outbreak has caused shortages nationwide.

To make up for a manufacturing lag, local health care systems and first responders have turned to crowdsourcing strategies.

Students from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University donated their supplies of personal protective equipment.
Washington University School of Medicine

St. Louis-area trade groups are asking workers to donate their stores of personal protective equipment to medical workers to protect them from COVID-19. 

Nurses and doctors at St. Louis hospitals have sounded the alarm about a limited amount of masks, gloves and other protective gear. A surge in global demand has depleted the supply, and many front-line medical workers worry that they won’t have equipment to keep from contracting the virus from sick patients.