Jared Moskowitz continues push for manufacturer to sell N95 masks directly to Florida
Jared Moskowitz

Jared-Moskowitz
On Thursday, Moskowitz called out 3M in a Twitter post.

After calling the private market for N95 masks a “Ponzi scheme,” Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz is continuing to push mask manufacturer 3M to sell them directly to the state.

On Thursday, Moskowitz called out 3M in a Twitter post.

Moskowitz has previously pushed 3M to cut out distributors and brokers and sell N95 masks to the state at market price. He referenced the effort in a Thursday talk with Rep. Shevrin Jones on Facebook Live.

“I’m using every media outlet possible to try to get that personal protective equipment — ventilators, masks, gloves, gowns, goggles, face shields,” Moskowitz told Jones.

“A lot of these large corporations that are going to ask for bailouts at some point in time are really letting the American people down.”

“N95” masks are masks that can filter out at least 95% of airborne particles. Those masks are key to helping protect health care workers from contracting the virus as they treat patients. As the virus has spread, Moskowitz and officials from other states have continued to seek an influx of that protective equipment.

“All day long we try to find these masks. We’re talking to brokers. We’re talking to distributors. We’re talking to medical sales people,” Moskowitz said at a Monday news conference.

“We’re chasing down warehouses only to get there to find out that they’re empty. We’re being told these supplies are on planes only to see that they’re phantom planes, chasing ghosts when they don’t appear on FlightAware. We’re constantly engaging in bidding wars being asked to wire money to accounts that were set up that very same day with email addresses that were created only a couple of days ago.”

Moskowitz also detailed his efforts to help deal with the outbreak in South Florida, the epicenter of the state’s coronavirus outbreak.

“We’re working with the Army Corps of Engineers every day right now, getting our plans approved by the federal government so that we can open up a medical station in the Miami Beach Convention Center as well as doing hotel to hospital conversions in Dade County,” Moskowitz said Thursday.

“I’m worried about Dade County. I’ve worried we could see a surge. I’m worried about ventilator capacity, bed capacity.”

Officials say that the county currently has the capacity to deal with patients suffering from the virus. But if the situation worsens significantly, Moskowitz says that could change.

“Right now the situation in some of our other counties looks okay. Obviously, everyone who gets sick, we’re worried about them. And everybody who winds up in an ICU needs all the help that they can get. But South Florida continues to be the focus.”

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]


4 comments

  • Terell

    April 2, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Ron DeSantis face look like he smell a fart

  • Ricky Bobby

    April 2, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    It seems that 3M is quickly becoming Public Enemy Number One instead of the ones to help us

  • GWP CONCRETEMAN

    April 2, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    The Emergency Manager Director is another South Florida Politician that does not respect the CHAIN of COMMAND. Unbelievable that Fox News TUCKER CARLSON would give the STATE EMERGENCY MANAGER a national platform (4-2-2020) to create CHAOS in our STATE over a N95 MASK from 3M. The after action report once this PANDEMIC is under control will reveal the POLITICAL hit job that is covertly being excised by the Emergency Manager and the Agricultural Commissioner in FLORIDA to harm our GOVERNOR. New York is assigned to the VENTILATOR CRISIS, FLORIDA is assigned the N95 mask CRISIS and MICHIGAN is assigned the RACISM CRISIS by the DNC to take down White House during the worse medical crisis since 1917. WAKE UP AMERICA… This article is another POLITICALLY MOTIVATED propaganda effort to destroy America from within.

    • Arthur Palmer

      April 5, 2020 at 7:59 am

      I completely agree that Moskowitz is acting like the cheap political hack he is. I have been buying and using 3M PPE professionally for over 30 years. They make first class equipment and supplies and provide them to users throughout the world. Moskowitz demanding that all supplies be sent to Florida first is no different than China reserving meds for themselves.
      Furthermore I’m certain that 3Ms manufacturing facilities are not solely located in the US. Moskowitz wants to deny the supplies to the countries that manufacture the PPE.
      I’m disappointed that Tucker Carlson facilitated Moskowitz knee-capping 3M

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