State in Multimillion Dollar Dispute Over Faulty Masks | KBIA

State in Multimillion Dollar Dispute Over Faulty Masks

Apr 20, 2020

A potential legal battle is brewing over more than $8 million the state spent on masks it purchased for COVID-19 protection that are believed to be faulty.

Earlier this week, the state recalled 48,000 KN95 masks because they failed to meet standards.

Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Sandy Karsten said the state ordered and purchased masks from three vendors but that she would not release the names of those vendors. Karsten said she is limited in what details she can provide because of potential litigation. 

Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), said one of the standards the KN95 masks failed to meet involved how the masks improperly sealed around the wearer's face.

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