Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Individual Providers

The state is providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to individual providers in the form of "sets". Each set contains our determination of a 31-day supply of PPE, depending on the health status of your clients.

To request PPE, complete this questionnaire.


How to properly put on (don) or remove (doff) PPE.

It is essential to follow these instructions when putting on or taking off PPE to avoid contamination. This video describes how to put on (don) PPE. This video describes how to take off (doff) PPE. Basic instructions to don/doff PPE are below. More detailed instructions may be found on the CDC website.

How to Put On (Don) PPE

  1. Wash your hands.

  2. First, put on your gown (if using a gown)

  3. Inspect your respirator for damage.

  4. Put on your respirator. Fit the respirator so that it is completely sealed against your face. The respirator should extend under the chin, and both the mouth and nose should be protected. Straps should be placed on crown of head (top strap) and base of neck (bottom strap)

  5. Put on face shield or goggles (if required). Make sure that eye protection does not interfere with your respirator.

  6. Inspect gloves for damage.

  7. Put on gloves. Make sure that gloves cover the hand and wrist.

How to Take Off (Doff) PPE

  1. Remove gloves. Make sure not to contaminate your bare hands while removing gloves.

  2. Remove gown. Some gown ties can be broken rather than untied. Reach up to the shoulders and carefully pull down and away from the body or roll the gown down. Dispose of the used gown.

  3. Wash your hands

  4. Remove face shield or goggles. Do not touch the front of face shield or goggles.

  5. Remove and discard respirator (or facemask if used instead of respirator). Do not touch the front of the respirator or facemask - touch only the straps and bring them over your head to remove.

    • If you must reuse the respirator, wash your hands before and after every time you handle the respirator.

Reusing N-95 respirators should be done only when you have an emergency shortage.

If you have a shortage and must re-use an N-95 respirator, avoid wearing the same mask on consecutive days. Avoid touching the front of the mask. Wash hands before/after handling the mask. Finely misted hydrogen peroxide may be applied to the mask after use if you plan to re-use the mask.


How to select what PPE to wear:

If your client is confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19:

When providing direct care for a COVID+ client, wear a gown, gloves, N-95 respirator, and a face shield.

When cleaning up a room in which a COVID+ is or has recently been, use an N-95 respirator and gloves.

If your client is presumed to be healthy:

When providing care to a healthy client, you may generally use a surgical mask and gloves.

When performing a task that requires that you get very close to someone, combine your surgical mask with a face shield.

Wear a gown when there is a possibility of splashes, bodily fluids, or other potential sources of infection.


Effective Nov. 1, the following PPE sets will delivered by request, based on client virus status. Shipments issued before Nov. 1 will contain different quantities.

COVID+ Clients (confirmed or suspected) Count

N-95 respirators

21
Gowns 21
Face Shields 5
Gloves 2 boxes of 100
Disinfectant Wipes 6 tubes
Thermometer 1
Goggles 2 sets
Flyer - Home Care Guidance 1
Flyer - How to Don and Doff PPE 1

 

Healthy Clients (not thought to have COVID-19) Count

Surgical Masks

35
Gowns 10
Face Shields 3
Gloves 1 box of 100
Disinfectant Wipes 6 tubes
Thermometer 1
Goggles 2 sets
Flyer - Home Care Guidance 1
Flyer - How to Don and Doff PPE 1