Department of Public Safety and vendor resolve KN95 mask issue

Courtesy of Dept. of Public Safety

Missouri Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten announces the Department of Public Safety and a vendor supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) to the state today resolved the issue of almost 4 million KN95 respirator masks ordered by the State Emergency Management Agency.

Karsten said the vendor offered a refund to the state and is continuing to assist in the state’s efforts to obtain much needed PPE. The state received the refund on April 20.

The resolution comes after a series of communications between Karsten and SEMA Acting Director James Remillard and the vendor. During those talks, it became clear the vendor was not opposed to refunding a deposit paid by the state.

“The vendor delivered a product that performed to specifications but did not fit the way we expected them to,” Karsten said, speaking about the KN95 masks. “The vendor remains committed to assisting the state in obtaining much needed PPE at this critical time. We share this commitment to providing PPE to our first responders and medical personnel, who are on the frontline in the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

This agreement means the state had amicably resolved the mask issue and has received refunds from all vendors that received state funds. It continues to conduct business with each of the vendors. Director Karsten said the state is no longer purchasing KN95 masks.

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