State turning to unusual places for protective gear

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Securing protective gear for health care workers caring for COVID-19 patients is taking the state on a sometimes winding and unusual path.

Running into hurdles getting the federal government to fulfill its request for supplies, the state has turned to auto body shops, tattoo parlors and research labs for help.

It's gone to auto body shops for N-95 masks. It's gone to tattoo parlors for disposable gloves. And it's gone to research labs for testing chemicals.

"We've scoured the state," Gov. Laura Kelly said during her daily news briefing Monday.

Kelly said the state . . .

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