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Wisconsin hospitals report shortages of PPE

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MADISON, Wis. (AP/WXOW) -- More than half of Wisconsin's 133 hospitals reported on Friday that they have less than a one week supply of goggle and gowns worn when treating coronavirus patients.

More than a third of hospitals are also reporting they have less than a week's worth of face shields, N95 masks, and paper medical masks, according to a Wisconsin Hospitals Association website.

Wisconsin, like many other states, faces a shortage of personal protective equipment vital to health care workers who are treating COVID-19 patients.

Gov. Tony Evers and members of his administration have said that supplies they are receiving from the national stockpile will not come close to meeting the need. They are searching for other sources besides the federal government to get health care workers what they need.

The Hospital Association is also reporting that there are 368 COVID-19 patients on ventilators in the state.

As of Thursday, 111 people had died from the coronavirus and nearly 2,900 had tested positive in Wisconsin.

The supply situation is slightly better in Western Wisconsin.

Information from the WHA show that five of the ten hospitals in the region have a week's worth of face shields.

Three of the ten have potential shortages of goggles, gowns, and paper medical masks.

Only two of the ten have an issue with not having enough N95 masks.

The WHA defines the Western Wisconsin region as Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Crawford, and Lafayette counties.

Figures from Thursday show that there's 43 total cases in those counties, an increase of five from Wednesday.

Only one death was reported. It was in Buffalo County.

The state will update the figures at 2 p.m.

La Crosse and other counties update an hour after that.

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