Hawaiian officials have secured a constant supply of liquid oxygen from the mainland to help meet surges caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic as news of oxygen shortages started to break last week.
For the supply, the Hawai`i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) on Friday (3rd September) said it is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Matson Shipping, and medical gas producers Air Liquide and Matheson Tri-Gas.
A sea lift of oxygen has already from the Port of Los Angeles on Sunday (5th September) transported two ISO containers with approximately 3,500 gallons of medical oxygen to support those in need.
HI-EMA has said another two containers are set to arrive this Wednesday (8th September).
To ensure a constant supply of the lifesaving gas, depleted containers will be flown back to the mainland for refilling before shipping back to Hawaii, creating a rotating supply for use. Additional ISO containers are currently being sought for lease.
In addition to securing oxygen supply from overseas, local gas producing facilities in the state have enhanced output of liquid oxygen. Additional conservation efforts by hospitals and medical facilities have also been introduced with immediate effect.