Items such as toilet paper and disinfectant spray are popping up next to culture swabs and surgical masks on the wish lists of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the nation’s largest healthcare system, and the Department of Defense, America’s largest employer. The government’s System for Award Management website is used by federal agencies to post what it needs so companies can bid for contracts. In recent days, several of those postings have revolved around coronavirus.”COVID 19 URGENT” reads one post by the Army’s Fort Bragg installation, which has had at least four confirmed coronavirus cases and is seeking 600 new sleeping pads. A link to a bidding site notes that it will only consider providers who can start delivering the pads by Tuesday. In an email to CBS News, a Fort Bragg spokesperson said Sunday the installation is planning in advance for the demands of treating military coronavirus patients.”We are following the guidelines of the CDC and adhering to practices that will assist in stopping the spread of the virus,” said Major Allie M. Payne. “We believe the purchase of 600 sleeping mats is a routine purchase…to allow for either the capability to purchase or obtain a stock of


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