Connecticut officers scrambled to search out sufficient private protecting tools when the coronavirus pandemic hit final spring, counting on Chinese language bankers and a lumber firm to assist procure masks and robes.
They’ve used a extra acquainted software as coronavirus infections have surged once more in current weeks: Amazon.
The Hartford Courant stories Sunday that on sooner or later in early November, the state spent about $134,000 ordering 750,000 examination gloves from the net retail big.
State Chief Working Officer Josh Geballe informed the newspaper that the Amazon purchases had been for a selected glove measurement. “We are literally effectively above all of our targets when it comes to PPE, however for some motive we couldn’t discover extra-large gloves so we turned to Amazon,” Geballe mentioned.
The newspaper stories that buy orders from October and November present that the state is stocking up on gloves, with seven completely different purchases.
The state’s largest November order for protecting tools was for $1.86 million worth of masks from one of many contractors it used within the spring, the Rossi Group LLC, a Cromwell, Connecticut-based lumber firm.
Connecticut additionally acquired greater than $15 million worth of protecting tools shipped straight from China final spring, when state and native governments had been determined to stock up on PPE.
State officers didn’t launch new COVID case statistics on Sunday. The seven-day rolling common of every day new circumstances has risen over the previous two weeks from about 1,503 new circumstances per day on Nov. 13 to 1,587 new circumstances per day on Nov. 27.