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Federal government sends PPE to Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown.
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SALEM – Oregon is getting personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors and nurses they requested from the federal government.  Plus, retired doctors and nurses can also return to work.

Two shipments of personal protective equipment from the federal government have been received.

“We believe this should amount to about 25 percent of our requested PPE from the national stockpile,” said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

It includes 87,000 masks, 9,000 gowns and 14,000 gloves.  Gov. Brown said the Oregon Medical Board changed a rule that allows doctors to return to active status.

“Doctors who switched to administrative licenses only can more simply reactivate their licenses,” she said.

Another change allows retired doctors and physician assistants to work.  It allows a combined 3,500 doctors and nurses to return to work if they want.

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