PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — On Friday, KOIN 6 News’ Dan Tilkin spoke with Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler about the many facets of the coronavirus crisis. Among those topics was her effort to get more personal protection equipment (PPE) to Clark County.
“I spend hours and hours on the phone beating bushes,” said Beutler. “Whether it’s called back to DC or FEMA, calling the Situation Room at the White House, talking with the governor, talking to the governor’s staff, talking to state and local folks–I can’t think of people I haven’t talked to.”
The Republican got Clark County moved up in the priority list from Tier 3 to Tier 1. She hopes the state follows through with a second shipment of PPE by this weekend.
Beutler is also working to cut through red tape to allow a Vancouver lab to do testing for the virus.
“Some of the problems we’ve seen on the west coast, testing for us, our regional lab is down in California and even though there’s been this push to get testing out to private labs, it’s still going to take several days to get it there and back–that’s if there’s no hold up,” said Beutler. “But, here we have this lab in Vancouver that’s ready to do it. They’ve just had some problems with the FDA.”
The company, Molecular Testing Labs of Vancouver, said they were hoping for approval in a matter of weeks. As of Friday, April 3, their test kit is not on the market.
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