White House Responds to Rep. Zeldin’s Urgent Plea for PPE Assistance in Suffolk County, Kushner Wants to Help Suffolk Secure All PPE Needed for Next Month
PATCHOGUE, NY - Last night, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the bipartisan Congressman Coronavirus Task Force, pleaded for urgent assistance from across America with securing desperately needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Suffolk County. Earlier in the evening, Congressman Zeldin had been informed by county officials that Suffolk County’s stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was out of surgical masks, n95 masks, gowns, face shields and body bags.
Rep. Zeldin quickly received multiple direct offers to help, including one within minutes from Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner. Mr. Kushner informed Congressman Zeldin he was interested in helping Suffolk County secure all PPE needs for the next 30 days. Working with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s office, Rep. Zeldin sent details of all needed PPE directly to Mr. Kushner last night, and also communicated the details of Suffolk County’s situation directly to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Late last night, the first supplier’s offer to immediately deliver 150,000 surgical masks on Sunday, less than 24 hours later, was locked into place, and Congressman Zeldin has continued to connect county officials with additional offers for gowns and other needed PPE.
“Our brave local medical professionals, law enforcement officers, first responders and all others fighting coronavirus on the front lines urgently need masks, face shields, gowns and other protective equipment ASAP, and I thank the Administration for their quick response to my direct plea on behalf of my constituents,” said Congressman Zeldin. “As I have remained throughout this outbreak, I will stay directly in touch with every level of government, local hospitals and healthcare facilities, and others in need in elevating their specific requests to the highest levels of the Administration. When it comes to fighting the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus, we are one team and this is one fight. It’s the Administration's goal to help Suffolk County secure all of the PPE needed in Suffolk County for at least the next month, and I look forward to continuing to work with them, other levels of government and additional parties to meet this goal.”