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County gives PPE to front-line workers

Posted on 04/30/2020
County gives PPE to front-line workers

Weld County Government has purchased more than $477,000 in personal protective equipment (PPE) to give to paramedics, doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers, state troopers, deputies and firefighters to help protect themselves against COVID-19.

“We are extremely appreciative of the efforts of our first responders and medical responders,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman. “These PPE donations allow medical staff and first responders in Weld County to protect themselves against COVID-19 while treating those who need it most in our communities.”

Donations from the county include 119 pairs of gloves, 80,218 face masks, 13,676 isolation and surgical gowns, 60 bottles of hand sanitizer, 24 boxes of disinfecting wipes, 440 pairs of goggles and 700 face shields.

Weld County Government submitted several requests to the state for testing supplies and PPE in early March, but the state was not able to fill these requests. Due to the urgent need for PPE and the state not being able to fulfill the county’s requests, vendors were contacted that could provide the county with PPE to meet requests from local first responders, medical facilities and hospitals.

“During emergencies we make sure to track all expenses by purchasing resources, such as PPE and supplies for the COVID-19 response, through the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Logistics section,” said Weld County Director of the Office of Emergency Management Roy Rudisill. “If there is funding available to help reimburse the county, we have the necessary documentation to provide to the state and/or federal agency supporting the emergency response grant program.”

As there is a continued need for PPE, the Board of County Commissioners will consider further purchase if necessary. Anyone else wanting to donate please call (970) 400-5172 or (970) 400-5173 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to arrange a time for your items to be picked up.

For more information about COVID-19, visit www.weldhealth.org.

Community organizations around Weld County have also stepped up to donate PPE. To date, six organizations have donated PPE for use by front-line workers.

Aims Community College donated 810 face masks, 123 face shields, 300 isolation gowns and 6,575 pairs of gloves.

University of Northern Colorado donated 1,100 face masks.

WeldWerks Brewing Company donated 330 bottles of hand sanitizer.

Weld RE-2 Eaton school district donated 79 boxes of gloves and 200 surgical masks.

Weld RE-5J Johnstown/Milliken school district donated 24 boxes of sanitizing wipes and 24 boxes of gloves.

Weld RE-4 Severance/Windsor school district donated a busload of 790 containers of disinfecting wipes, 31 bottles of hand sanitizer and 50 surgical/isolation gowns.