Gov. Brown aims to preserve surgical masks, gowns, gloves with new order

Non-emergency procedures will not be allowed.

Posted: Mar 18, 2020 5:31 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- Gov. Kate Brown announced a new order Wednesday, saying she hopes to preserve personal protective equipment for heath care workers treating coronavirus patients.

The governor has directed Oregon hospitals, outpatient clinics and health care providers, including veterinarians and dentists, to stop all non-emergency procedures.

“If we do not take immediate action, the surge in demand in our hospitals for masks, gowns, and gloves will quickly outstrip the limited supplies they have available. We cannot let that happen," Brown said in a statement.

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