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Thousands of masks, gloves, other supplies donated at Cuyahoga County drop-off point

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 3/25/2020 By Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com
a close up of a hand: Dr. Hanan Haydar, an infectious disease physician at University Hospitals, holds an N-95 face mask in preparation for any outbreak of coronavirus. February 18, 2020 Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer © Gus Chan/The Plain Dealer/cleveland.com/TNS Dr. Hanan Haydar, an infectious disease physician at University Hospitals, holds an N-95 face mask in preparation for any outbreak of coronavirus. February 18, 2020 Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer

NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, Ohio — Veterinarians, dentists, and beauty salon operators are among those who have donated personal protective equipment and other supplies needed to combat the coronavirus in Cuyahoga County, the county reported Wednesday.

The supplies include 6,900 N-95 respirator masks, 96,000 pairs of gloves, 1,000 surgical masks and 550 face shields, all donated since last Thursday, when the county opened its drive-through donation drop-off point at 2501 Harvard Road in Newburgh Heights.

Also donated were 170 containers of hand sanitizer, 120 containers of disinfecting wipes and about 50 medical gowns, according to the county’s joint information center.

Along with vets, dentists and hair and nail salon operators, supplies have been donated by surgeons who perform elective surgeries, and others who happen to have supplies on-hand.

The county is asking anyone able to donate supplies to do so. Once prospective donors arrive at the drop-off facility, signs will direct them where to go. Workers will take the gear directly out of vehicles to help maintain physical distancing.

The county is tracking the inventories of local hospitals and health-care facilities, such as nursing homes and senior-assisted living facilities, to determine need. Supplies will go to wherever that need is greatest, though hospitals are at the top of the list, followed by health-care facilities, and first responders, according to the information center.

The collection point, located at the county’s Public Works garage, is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It is accepting unopened boxes of N-95 masks, surgical masks, gowns, eye protection, face shields, nitrile gloves, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer.

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