Grant Sarver July 1, 2020

Just when it looked like the pandemic was maybe getting under control, new cases have spiked in the American South and West. Yesterday saw record setting one-day numbers in states like Georgia, Arizona, and Texas. The United States as a whole also saw a record day of new cases, according to the New York Times.

With cases surging throughout the country, the demand for masks and personal protection equipment (PPE) is just as strong as it was when the pandemic started. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been officially recommending people wear masks since early April. As such, available mask and PPE supplies have been low, and governments are still in need.

Johnson County, Kansas, is seeking requests for proposals for millions of items including over 200,000 boxes of gloves, over 2.2 million masks, 719,000 gowns, as well as disinfectants and hand sanitizer. Bids on this opportunity are due by July 10. The county is a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri with a population of over 600,000 and currently has over 1,700 cases of COVID-19.


Galveston, Texas, is also soliciting bids for PPE. They are asking offerors to provide unit prices for things such as N95 masks, protective glasses, gloves, and gowns. The city is reserving the right to order supplies on an as-needed basis. Galveston County has a population of over 300,000 and has had over 3,200 cases of the virus while it borders Harris County that currently has over 30,000 cases.

The second wave of cases that everyone feared has arrived before the first wave had even completely receded. If the virus is not tackled more aggressively at the federal level, surges of new cases in different parts of the country will be common. Expect more contracts out for PPE, disinfectants, and other products that make people safer and healthier as this pandemic rages on.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.