Ohio spent $55M in early 2020 on gowns, 3 million from China

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The state also made two gown orders totaling $6 million from La La Land Production

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Associated Press tally shows that more than half the $98 million Ohio spent on personal protective equipment and ventilators in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic went to buy hospital gowns.

That included the purchase of 3 million gowns from an Ohio-based marketing and printing company that got them from a manufacturer in China.

The state also made two gown orders totaling $6 million from La La Land Production. That is a Los Angeles-based manufacturer that said it pivoted from high-end fashion products to personal protective equipment in an effort to “to save lives and livelihoods.”

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