Iowa Rebuilds PPE Stockpile After Deals With Unusual Sources

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has rebuilt its stockpile of personal protective equipment after a dire shortage that prompted the state to buy replenishments from some unusual sources. Records show Iowa’s executive branch has signed $45 million worth of emergency purchase orders for isolation gowns, masks, face shields, goggles and other equipment from mid-March through April. That includes $7.2 million in contracts for gowns and goggles with a Des Moines business.  The deals include 590,000 masks that were purchased directly from China and to be flown to an Ankeny warehouse.