Data from our PPE Shortage Index
Get Us PPE has amassed the largest non-governmental database of PPE shortages in the United States. This data is critical for helping our nonprofit get PPE where it is needed most.
KEY DATA TAKEAWAYS FOR AUGUST
- The United States is still facing serious PPE shortages in many parts of the nation.
- While large hospital systems are beginning to benefit from a recovering PPE supply chain, smaller, non-hospital facilities are still facing acute PPE shortages.
- There is a strong correlation between PPE requests submitted to Get Us PPE and new COVID cases reported per state during August.
- The PPE shortage is becoming an equity crisis and is far from over.
Change in Requests, Select States
Each card below highlights changes in the number of PPE requests over time for select states. They show the overall percent change in requests from March-August and from July-August. One reason requests dip is that we are unable to fulfill all requests, with the majority still outstanding.
Requests in Texas
Requests in Texas were high early in the year, peaking at 411 requests in April. They dipped in May, then doubled in June and have since begun to taper off again. This may reflect the “waves” of COVID-19 in the state.
Requests in Florida
Similar to Texas, Florida had many requests early in the year, peaking at 484 in April. Down in May, up in June, and back down in recent weeks and months, Florida continues to struggle with keeping cases under control.
Requests in California
Due to both size and population density, California has consistently had the highest request numbers, following the same pattern of “waves” as Texas and Florida and peaking at 1,208 requests in April alone.
Requests in New York
New York state follows the same pattern as other states with high total requests. Its requests for PPE peaked in April at 579, despite the population density and COVID-19 case count of New York City.
% Requests from Hospitals vs Non-Hospitals
The PPE Shortage Index for August indicates non-hospital facilities continue to have extreme need for personal protective equipment.
Non-hospital facilities include homeless shelters, dental clinics, nursing homes, social services, and more. Some facilities fall into more than one category, and are therefore counted once in each category.
Top 3 Most Requested PPE Items Nationally
In the PPE Shortage Index for August, these were most requested types of personal protective equipment.
Filtering Facepiece Respirators
Most PPE requests have been received from institutions other than hospitals.
“Because we are a Hospice we have received almost no help in getting critical PPE. We are asking for help, please.”
“We are an acute psychiatric facility that was never prepared for anything like this.”
“My agency provides critical support to homebound seniors who do not have family to assist them. I want them and my staff of caregivers to remain safe.”
Get Us PPE Contributors Map
Last updated April 19, 2020. View on a desktop for best experience.
Spotlight on Vulnerable Populations
Need in rural communities and other vulnerable populations is likely under-reported.