Mass. Gets Ten Percent Of Requested Ventilators From National Stockpile


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts has received ten percent of the number of ventilators it requested from the federal government to help in the fight against COVID-19.

While speaking at a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Gov. Baker said 100 ventilators had arrived in the state overnight.

"We actually got a shipment last night, which was unpacked this morning, of ventilators from the national stockpile," Baker said. "There were a hundred of them."

Despite the state's request for 1,000 ventilators being "quickly approved" by the federal government last week, Baker said he believes the full amount will eventually come through several installments.

"We believe that the process as it's been laid out to us is going to be an incremental one," Baker said. "We don't believe this is the last shipment. We fully expect that we'll get additional ventilators over the course of the next two weeks.

Baker said his guess is that the ventilators will be "distributed across the course of the next 24 hours."

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