The state is working to obtain PPE from all available sources, including private sector manufacturers and distributors.
If you have something to sell and want to engage in a business relationship with the state, provide us details on what you'd like to sell to the state.
View a list of vendors the state has made PPE purchases from.
The state is focusing on bulk donations to fill the highest needs first. If you have bulk items you'd like to donate provide details on what you are offering, for small quantities of items, or other items, contact your local emergency management agency.
If you are a company willing to shift gears and re-purpose manufacturing operations, provide us details on what you can offer.
Let us know if you have any other offers of assistance.
Meeting PPE needs
The state continues its procurement of PPE, due to the critical importance of PPE in protecting frontline workers from infection and allowing progress under the Safe Start reopening plan.
The state uses a set of guidelines for prioritizing PPE requests from local and tribal jurisdictions and state agencies.
Institutions needing more PPE than they are able to obtain on their own - such as hospitals and long-term care facilities - make requests of local jurisdictions, which in turn request supplies from the state. The state works to support each jurisdiction to the extent possible. Due to the extreme supply constraints relative to need, from the beginning of the pandemic through late May, the state only allocated PPE to users that fall in the tier 1 category, which includes hospitals and long-term care facilities with confirmed COVID-19 patients.
Since late May and into June, deliveries of PPE ordered by the state have been expanding for some items, particularly for gloves, gowns, surgical masks and face shields.
The state continues to expand access to PPE products and supplies to address tier 2 through 4 needs for many items, and has also begun work aimed at addressing longer-term, ongoing needs of others at high risk.
In the past week, most tier 1 requests for N95 respirator masks have been filled, as well as most tier 1-4 requests for KN95 respirators, surgical masks, and gloves. Specific sizing requests for some items remain challenging to fill, specifically for L, XL and 2XL gowns and XL gloves. Unmet face shield requests are for surgical masks that have an attached face shield.
More than 65 million items have been distributed since the state began purchasing PPE and accepting bulk donations.
Supply vs demand
Global supply chains have been overwhelmed since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Factors such as a growing number of COVID-19 cases, panic buying, and supply hoarding have led to shortages in PPE. And, unfortunately, without a national system of production and procurement, all 50 states are competing for crucial supplies.
As Washington counties move forward under the Safe Start reopening plan, PPE needs in the private sector increase. The state is having conversations about how to best support such needs.