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When Nursing Homes and Businesses Were Desperate, Whitmer Ignored Offers for Viable PPE

Yesterday, The Detroit Newsreported on the dire situation in nursing homes across the state of Michigan – shortages of gowns, face shields and masks, and poor staff and resident isolation policies. The reporting comes despite the fact that multiple companies have contacted Whitmer’s office and the state's procurement office with additional PPE and swabs to be distributed.

Testifying before the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic yesterday, Ken Williamson of Platinum Global Sourcing, and William Mathis of Med Source both said they reached out to the state, ready to offer up medical grade PPE but never heard back. These stories closely mirror that of Al Siblani of Envisiontec, who could produce hundreds of thousands of testing swabs, but never heard back from the state to take him up on his offer to help increase Michigan’s testing capacity. Siblani had been shipping swabs all across the country.

For months, Governor Whitmer criticized the Trump Administration’s response to COVID-19 in Michigan – even as going as far to lie about supplies being diverted from the state. While she joined cable TV show after cable TV show, viable PPE and testing supplies were ready to be put to use right in her own backyard.

“It’s no surprise that Gretchen Whitmer has yet again been caught red-handed, grossly mishandling the COVID-19 crisis in Michigan.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “The governor is willing to do anything or say anything to make herself look better – even if it comes at our detriment. Whitmer was willing to take PPE from the Kingdom of Jordan but couldn’t even accept offers from businesses in our state. She has botched this every step of the way.”