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More than 2 million counterfeit N95 masks could be circulating among Washington hospitals, the state’s hospital association confirmed Monday.

Hospitals across the state were instructed Friday to pull select N95 masks off their shelves and submit them to manufacturer 3M for analysis after an investigation revealed the fakes, Fox News reported.

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“The anger level over the weekend was incredibly high,” Washington State Hospital Association President Cassie Sauer told the network, adding, “It’s reprehensible, depravity. We’re horrified.”

Association officials, who themselves purchased 300,000 of the suspect masks distributed to dozens of hospitals, told reporters on Monday that the N95 masks have remained in high demand throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic because they come in smaller sizes, allowing for a snug fit, the network reported.

Meanwhile, authentic 3M N95 masks also feature a moisture barrier, which has proved crucial for health care workers treating COVID-19 patients who are prone to coughing and sneezing, KIRO-TV reported.

According to the TV station, 3M – in tandem with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – issued the alert to hospitals on Friday, and more than 40 hospitals, or roughly 40% of facilities statewide, have received potentially compromised masks.

“These masks had the appropriate paperwork and passed physical inspection and testing,” Sauer said during Monday’s call with reporters. “These N95s are precious resources we need to keep staff safe. It is reprehensible that counterfeiters are selling fake goods.”

According to Sauer, the counterfeit masks appear to have originated with the distributor, KIRO-TV reported.

“I’ve seen the boxes of the real ones and the fake ones, and they’re identical,” Sauer said. “They’re really good fakes.”

Meanwhile, Harborview Medical Center issued a statement confirming it received three batches of the counterfeit masks, each marked as 3M products but purchased from a third-party vendor, the TV station reported.

3M issued the following statement to Fox News regarding the use of third-party distributors:

“3M has recently assisted Washington State authorities in confirming that N95 respirators purchased from distributors with no relationship to 3M are not authentic 3M products. 3M recommends purchasing our products only from a 3M authorized distributor.”

Sauer also told the network that legal teams will meet soon to determine if any of the millions spent on procuring the compromised personal protective equipment can be recouped.

At this time, no third-party vendor has been identified publicly.

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