Target apologizes for selling face masks amid shortage

Target Corp. has apologized for selling face masks in Seattle stores while hospitals face a dire shortage

SEATTLE -- Target Corp. apologized Saturday for selling face masks in Seattle stores while hospitals face a dire shortage amid a growing coronavirus outbreak.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said his office intervened when it received reports Saturday that the much-needed N95 masks were on Target shelves.

The company said it would also search its inventory for additional masks to donate.

“Target's commitment to communities is unwavering & we apologize,” the company wrote.

Hospitals have run so short of the masks and other personal protection equipment that they've had to ration them, sometimes giving doctors or nurses just one per shift and forcing them to wash them out between patients.