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Half a million surgical masks arrive at Gerald R Ford Airport

Posted at 11:21 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 23:21:31-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Medical staff in West Michigan is receiving half a million surgical masks, delivered Friday evening to Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

The Delta plane from LAX carried more than 5,000 worth of cargo. Each box unloaded was filled with surgical masks, totaling half a million altogether.

"This is just one thing for us to know that we're a part of something good and battling the coronavirus, and we're able to make an impact on the community with our partners at Delta, and being able to supply the region with half a million surgical masks," said Tara Hernandez, spokesperson for Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Delta could not disclose where the surgical masks were going, but confirmed they were for West Michigan nurses and doctors on the frontlines during this pandemic. Across the nation, PPE has been in short supply.

"Hopefully people also see the surgical masks that were being unloaded off the plane, knowing that the nurses and doctors that have a cry for help from wanting the PPE and wanting the medical supplies, knowing that they're going to be put in the hands of people that need them," said Hernandez.