I believe essential personnel should have them - non-essential workers do not need them; I do not believe notaries are essential personnel. And listening to the news reports of conditions, more are needed for those essential personnel. There's not enough.
That is my own personal belief about essential v. non-essential. However as to the shortage, I believe Mr. Pence, Mr. Cuomo, the Surgeon General and the Secretary of Defense who all stated today there is a drastic shortage. Health workers are being told to use their masks and gowns over and over - a health hazard in and of itself. I also listen to folks in my community in health care - who all say the same thing - we're running out of PPE -
Please don't be offended.