South Carolina on Sunday took delivery of 1.5 million face masks from China, state leaders announced in a press conference this morning.
The masks arrived, in partnership with Boeing, at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Gov. McMaster and other state officials were there to greet and celebrate the arrival of the Boeing Dreamlifter transporting the 1.5 million medical-grade 3-ply surgical face masks.
This was a significant acquisition for the state that is struggling to keep up with the demand for Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, to protect its frontline health care workers who are risking their lives to treat COVID-19 patients.
The masks will be provided to healthcare workers at Prisma Healthcare, the largest healthcare system in South Carolina, as well as the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.