New bill to secure funding for masks and other supplies

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KREX) — House bill 1352 would open the doors to more funding for more for protective equipment and other supplies to prepare for a future pandemic.

If passed, nearly $2,000,000 would come from federal COVID relief money to maintain a supply of face masks, gloves, and other PPE for hospitals, vaccine clinics, schools, and community centers.

Representative, Kyle Mullica, a Democrat from Federal Heights, the only emergency room nurse serving in the Colorado legislature is sponsoring the bill.

He says this bill would help put Colorado in front of the line in case of another emergency. Mullica also says, “we have seen firsthand that we weren’t where we needed to be. We saw nurses and other staff have to reuse masks and N-95s and use trash bags as PPE and we need to make sure we show that we are better prepared not only for our health care workers to take care of the people that are taking care of us but also  those teachers and others in the public who need it and really make sure we have something in place until the national stockpile could catch up.”

Source: Grand Junction Local News | New bill to secure funding for masks and other supplies