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Somebody at the Port of NY stole 3 million badly needed medical masks from Mass.

The New England Patriots plane delivers masks brought in secretly from China to keep the federal government from snatching them PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

PortandTerminal.com, April 5, 2020

BOSTON, MA – Someone at the Port of New York stole medical masks from the State of Massachusetts that are desperately needed. Think about the enormity of that crime for a moment.

During a news conference on Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker said he was forced to reach out to the New England Patriots when he found himself in need of assistance to bring masks from China to Massachusetts after the ones ordered by the state were “confiscated” at a New York Port in March.

Let’s call a spade a spade. The masks weren’t confiscated. They were stolen by someone. To be clear, we’re not saying that someone FROM the Port of New York stole the masks. We are saying that someone AT the Port of New York stole them.

Thankfully, Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots was able to step up and help the people of Massachusetts.

On Thursday, the Patriots team plane “AirKraft” brought approximately 1.2 million N95 masks from China to Boston. Massachusetts National Guardsmen met the plane at Boston’s Logan Airport and offloaded the masks onto trucks to be distributed to hospitals in Massachusetts and New York. 

According to the Associated Press, Gov. Baker had secured the masks from Chinese manufacturers but had no way of getting them to the U.S. That was when he reached out to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who allowed the team’s plane to be used to bring the critically needed masks. 

The Kraft family also paid $2 million to cover about half the cost of the masks. Why didn’t Gov. Baker use traditional channels to transport the masks from China? 

Gov. Baker said to the media on Thursday, the state had ordered 3 million masks through BJ’s Wholesale in early March but they were confiscated at the Port in New York, State House News Service reported. The governor did not say which agency or organization confiscated the masks. It is also unclear where the 3 million masks went. 

On Friday, Massachusetts State Police troopers arrived at the Javits Center in New York City with a Patriots tractor-trailer containing 300,000 protective masks, the rest will be distributed to health care facilities in Massachusetts. 

The Kraft family also paid $2 million to cover about half the cost of the masks. Why didn’t Gov. Baker use traditional channels to transport the masks from China? 

Gov. Baker said to the media on Thursday, the state had ordered 3 million masks through BJ’s Wholesale in early March but they were confiscated at the Port in New York, State House News Service reported. The governor did not say which agency or organization confiscated the masks. It is also unclear where the 3 million masks went. 

A large-scale contact tracing program, with the help of a nonprofit health organization, is also being launched to track individuals who might have been exposed to COVID-19 patients. 

By Friday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts had increased to 12,500 with 231 deaths reported. 

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