Emergency responders, hospitals and health care providers countywide are running low on personal protective equipment (PPE), according to a news release from Otter Tail County.
The county is accepting donations of PPE in an effort to help protect the community responders during the COVID_19 pandemic, according to the release:
- Protective face wear-- N95 or N100 mask, PAPRs, and surgical or procedural masks
- Nitrile gloves
- Growns: disposable gowns and Tyvek Coveralls
- Tyvek Foot Covers
- Eye protection: wraparounds or chemical splash, face shields
- Hand sanitizer, hand wipes and disinfectant wipes, all with at least 60% alcohol base.
Otter tail County asks that the PPE is in the original container or packaging to ensure that it is sanitary. Opened boxes or packages will not be accepted at this time, according to the release.
Homemade masks or gowns are not being requested at this time. However, the county is not discouraging people from making homemade masks or gowns -- they are simply not requesting them at this time.
To donate PPE fill out the COVID-19 PPE Donation Form online at ottertailcountymn.us/content-page/ppe-donations/ or call 218-998-8320.
No drop-off locations will be established at this time and arrangements will be made for donation pick-up. Donations will be secured at a county facility and coordinated with the county emergency management and health care partners for disbursement, according to the release.
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