Minnesota Struggles to Get Crucial Medical Supplies as Coronavirus Numbers Grow – April 5, 2020

Via Twin Cities Pioneer Press

When she discovered that shipments of face shields from a Maryland-based manufacturer were on three-week back order through Amazon.com, Maggie Sartori — a supply chain director for Allina Health — threw up her hands and resorted to Plan B.

Sartori called up a manufacturer in Northeast Minneapolis, bought thousands of laser-cut sheets of thick plastic, and gathered dozens of Allina employees.

They stapled and glued 10,000 shields together more or less from scratch. It’s a strategy she expects to repeat.

With many Chinese factories shut down in recent weeks, “it’s hard to get the supplies we need,” Sartori said.

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