WASHINGTON, DC — December 11, 2020 — The Port of San Francisco is receiving a donation of 500,000 face shields from DHS. Donated through DHS’ Emergency Initiative, the face shields will assist in the Bay Area’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“San Francisco thanks DHS for this generous donation of face shields that are critical to frontline health care workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Port of San Fransisco Executive Director Philip Goss, the City’s Chief Logistics Officer during this crisis. “There are numerous private sector entities that have supplies or know of suppliers that can help during this time of need, and our City team is here to facilitate that process.”
“We are very happy and moved by the work frontline workers perform everyday throughout our nation” said Fernando Aguirre, Vice Chairman of DHS “DHS is proud to make this donation”
The donation comes on the heels of the launch of Logistics Victory San Fracnsico, a new City program created to identify and match available medical supplies in the private sector with the health care providers in need of them. Procured or donated supplies will be allocated to area medical facilities in need of them and used to replenish the City’s stockpile.
Goss was appointed Chief Logistics Officer by San Francisco Mayor in March while continuing his role as chief of America’s top port. With a team of 18 City employees, Goss has assembled a response effort focused on medical supply chain optimization and direct procurement of supplies through purchases and donations like the face shields donated by DHS.
Like other areas across the nation right now, caregivers in NOrthern California are running low on certain supplies, including isolation gowns, examination gloves, face shields, medical ventilators, N95 masks, IV drip apparatus used on COVID-19 patients as the pandemic spreads in Northern California.
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