Clark County EMA looking for cloth face mask donations

Clark County EMA looking for cloth face mask donations

The Clark County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is seeking donations of sewn cloth face masks.

“We’re not at a critical shortfall and that’s good news,” Clark County Public Information Officer Michael Cooper said. “However, we still want to continue to maintain an acceptable level of masks for both public safety and healthcare workers, especially as new requirements for masks are changing every day.”

The cloth masks helps save time, money and effort for first responders, Cooper explained.

People wanting to donate cloth masks should drop off the masks between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday at the Springview Government Center, 3130 East Main St. in Springfield.

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To ensure protection for Clark County EMA staff and donors, there is a “sewn mask drop off” container in the rear of the building.

The “sewn mask drop off” is accessible from the entrance off of Old Columbus Road on the northeast end of the building, a post on the Clark County Facebook page said.

Residents should include their name, phone number and email address with the masks when dropping off. However, anonymous donations will be accepted, Cooper said.

“The Clark County EMA has received about 40 masks thus far and we’re hoping to get as many as possible,” Cooper said.

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They are also seeking general PPE donations of N95 respirator masks, surgical masks, face shields, and medical gowns. To make a PPE donation other than cloth masks, residents should email to make arrangements.

“While we’re not experiencing critical shortages, our supply is still low,” Cooper said. “As manufacturers continue to come online, we’re starting to get some of the PPE we need in small quantities.

Cooper said the community has been supportive during this difficult time by donating and complying with orders from Gov. Mike Dewine and the Clark County Combined Health District.

“We’re in a decent position, meaning the strategies being put in place are working,” Cooper said. “That’s a huge win for our community.”

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