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EMA Seeks Personal Protective Equipment

The Fulton County Emergency Management Agency is seeking help in securing personal protective equipment, or PPE.

In social media posts dated Wednesday and Thursday, March 18-19, the Fulton County Health Department asked doctors offices, clinics, veterinary practices, outpatient surgical centers, labs, and other facilities “to consider rescheduling elective procedures and provide surgical masks, N95 masks, gloves, face shields, disposable gowns, eye protection and hand sanitizer” to the Fulton County EMA.

“If you are a farmer or construction company that has any type of mask, please consider providing these to the EMA,” the post states.

“There is a shortage worldwide for all of this equipment, and we need to do our part to protect our frontline workers so they can continue to serve our community safely.

“These include, but are not limited to, hospital employees, EMS (Emergency Medical Service), fire, and law enforcement.”

Steve McCoy, director of marketing and planning for the Fulton County Health Center, said the hospital has a supply of PPE.

“We have a limited supply to meet our current needs. The concern is if there is a surge in patients who potentially are ill with COVID-19, the illness caused by the Coronavirus, will there be enough supply for a potential surge.”

McCoy said county officials are trying to gather as much PPE as possible. The county is asking those who may have extra supply of PPE to take what they can spare to the Fulton County EMA, who would be responsible for prioritizing distribution of the equipment.