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Protective Equipment Being Distributed to Caregivers

Montgomery County Health Commissioner Jeffrey Cooper said yesterday that over 150,000 items of protective equipment have been distributed to local hospitals and nursing homes, and law enforcement, fire and EMS departments. Items include donations from individuals and businesses, as well as caches of equipment from public safety forces and the strategic national stockpile.

"Over 50,000 N95 respirators have been deployed. 25,000 surgical masks, as well as 72,000 gloves, as well as some additional material," Cooper said. "So that's phenomenal in terms of trying to protect our citizens."

The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association continues to accept donations of personal protective equipment from local businesses at St. Vincent de Paul at 945 South Edwin C Moses Drive. Businesses can call 937-425-0592 to schedule a drop-off time.

Individuals can also donate home-made masks, as well as thread and quarter-inch elastic, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.