Large boxes of PPE from government barely filled, West Virginia dentists say

Dentists in West Virginia said they were disappointed after each receiving a large box of personal protective equipment, only to find a handful of supplies inside, according to WCHS.

Dental practices in the state were allowed to reopen May 11 and received personal protective equipment donations distributed by the National Guard. The Guard said they sent big boxes so dentists could send back full boxes of used PPE for sanitization, WCHS reports.

"It was a giant box, like 24x24, and it had five masks that aren't worth the paper they're printed with," said Vince Veltri, DDS, president of the West Virginia Dental Board. "There were no gowns, which are part of the PPE requirement. There were face masks, which are useful."

The supply wouldn't last a day, according to Richard Stevens, DDS, executive director of the West Virginia Dental Association. Dr. Stevens said about 30 percent of dentists in the state haven't reopened, some because they do not have adequate PPE supplies.

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