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.

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Requests for PPE

The PPE Shortage Index is a monthly collection of proprietary summary metrics derived from the Get Us PPE database of 16,000+ requests for personal protective equipment.


  • 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.
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16,404 Total PPE Requests

PPE Shortage Index

Total PPE requests by state as of August 31, 2020, from PPE Shortage Index

This hexagon map of the United States shows the total number of individual requests for PPE received by Get Us PPE per state from late March 2020 through August 31, 2020. Each color represents a request-count range, with darker colors indicating more requests (see key). We have received requests from all 50 states and some U.S. territories. California, Texas, Florida, and New York were among the states with the highest number of requesters.

Volume of PPE requests and new COVID-19 cases

PPE Shortage Index

Volume of PPE requests and new COVID-19 cases in August 2020 PPE Shortage IndexThis hexagon map of the United States shows two variables: volume of PPE requests received per state, and volume of new COVID-19 cases (new confirmed and probable cases over the course of this month according to the CDC). While we saw a high correlation between COVID-19 caseloads and the number of requests received by Get Us PPE during the month of August, we cannot assume direct causation. This map simply allows us to visualize the two variables and their relationship to one another.

This data was taken from two sources: Get Us PPE’s request database and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID Data Tracker: United States COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by State Over Time. Total cases are based on aggregate counts of COVID-19 cases reported by state and territorial jurisdictions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since January 21, 2020, with the exception of persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China, and Japan. The numbers are confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases as reported by U.S. states, U.S. territories, New York City, and the District of Columbia.

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

Comparison of change in Texas PPE requestsRequests 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

Comparison of change in Florida PPE requestsSimilar 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

Comparison of change in California PPE requestsDue 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

Comparison of change in New York PPE requestsNew 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.


Percent of hospital vs non-hospital PPE requests from PPE Shortage Index

Top 3 Most Requested PPE Items Nationally

In the PPE Shortage Index for August, these were most requested types of personal protective equipment.

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(N95 Respirators)

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Surgical/procedure mask illustrationSurgical/Procedure Masks

Requesting Institutions

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.”

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Spotlight on Vulnerable Populations

Need in rural communities and other vulnerable populations is likely under-reported.

We are a small community hospital where resources are thin and we are in for a long battle ahead. Our patients are low income, uninsured or underinsured and we cannot cut off their access to care.

Many of our patients are from the homeless community so  it’s not a matter of “if” but when we receive COVID patients

Our clinic remains open as we are serving refugees and immigrants who have no access to tele-health.

We are a freestanding respiratory clinic in a small town testing for COVID-19 in this area. There are 4 of us working here 9-10 hours /day 5 days/week. We have very few supplies and are reusing supplies until they are unusable.

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