The demand for Personal Protective Equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. And with experts saying that we are about to enter the most challenging months of the pandemic – lawmakers are calling on Congress to step up and use the Defense Production Act to make more PPE in America and nationalize distribution of it.

β€œThe demand has been unprecedented throughout this process. It would have been almost impossible to predict the use rates that we would experience as a result of a global and worldwide pandemic,” Jeffrey Flaks, president and CEO of Hartford Healthcare, said.

Hartford Healthcare has spent $28 million on PPE over nine months. Last year, they spent $3.7 million on PPE during the same time period. Flaks called for the creation of a national stockpile.

Read more from Christine Stuart for NBC Connecticut