Emergency services, health care facilities and first responders in Ashe County are asking for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the community. Due to the global shortage of these supplies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashe County Emergency Management is asking for the community’s help in the form of donations of unused supplies of:
– Respirator masks (rated N95 or above), surgical masks or even dust masks
– medical-grade gloves
– Protective gowns or Tyvek suits and face shields
– Bottles of hand sanitizers
– Medical thermometers
While local emergency services, health care facilities and first responders in Ashe County have not yet run out of these critical supplies, inventory is running low just due to a combination of routine use and a lack of reliable resupply shipments during this global health crisis.
“You want to have those on the frontline of this crisis in the upcoming weeks not worrying about the PPE supply in the midst of caring for the citizens of our community,” said Chief Rick Swain, Safety Director, Ashe Memorial Hospital “If your household or business can spare only one mask, that’s one mask our first responders and healthcare workers didn’t have before. Just know, every little bit helps.”
Residents are being asked to check their workshops, offices and homes for supplies, particularly of N95 respirators, that they are willing to donate to Ashe County Emergency Management to be issued out to first responders and health care providers.
Thank you in advance for your donations Ashe County. Supplies will be accepted at Family Central, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM just inside the gymnasium door.
In addition to the medical supplies and PPE being requested above, volunteers and donations are also being sought right here in Ashe County:
● High Country United Way: Donate to High Country United Way’s local relief fund that will go towards providing community members with critical information and services like food, financial assistance, and more.
“Ashe County has always been a community that finds a way to provide for those in need,” said Todd McNeill, Ashe County Commissioner “We’re going to see a lot of need in the coming weeks, but our citizens, our government agencies, our churches and our charitable organizations will, no doubt, rise to this challenge. You can rest assured that Ashe is stronger than this pandemic.”