Gov. Mike Dunleavy met a DC-8 aircraft belonging to Samaritan’s Purse, as it landed at Ted Stevens International Airport with 18,000 pounds of medical supplies for Alaska.
Dunleavy had put in a request for the supplies from Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham as Alaska battles the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian mission group that responds to disasters around the world, but also has done a provided service in Alaska, such as the Samaritan’s Purse Lodge that is the location of the Operation Heal Our Patriots program for veterans and their spouses.
The supplies — hospital beds, masks, gloves, towels, and drapes — will be headed to rural Alaska hub communities to support rural Alaskan health providers.
In addition to those supplies, the state took delivery of 50 Abbott Laboratory testing machines. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium also received about 40 of the testing machines.
“We’re looking for resources where we can find them,” Dunleavy said. “Any and all are welcome to work with us so we can make sure our frontline defenders, out health care folks, have what they need to combat this virus.”
The governor said today that Friday will be a day of prayer in Alaska to pray for all the people of the state, the nation, and the world.