Donate personal protective equipment for COVID-19 response

MUSCATINE, Iowa—Muscatine County Emergency Management urges businesses and organizations to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) by contacting them or Trinity Muscatine Public Health.

The Iowa Department of Public Health encourages these groups to donate extra PPE to assist health care providers and facilities responding to COVID-19. “This an unprecedented public health disaster, and stocks of personal protective equipment for health care providers are being used rapidly,” said Ken Sharp, division director of Acute Disease Prevention, Emergency Response, and Environmental Health. “Any organizations that have extra PPE supplies that aren’t immediately needed should consider donating them to help those on the front line of this disease.”

Health care providers will need all types of health care PPE, especially gloves, gowns, eye protection, and masks. Muscatine Fire Chief Jerry Ewers especially requested N95 masks, as they are crucial and have been back ordered since January. Local public health and local emergency management officials will work to address needs locally and beyond.

To donate PPE, please contact Trinity Muscatine Public Health at 563-263-0122 or Muscatine County Emergency Management at 563- 288-3909