URGENT: Call for donations by Utah physician legislators for N95 masks!

March 23rd, 2020|URGENT Action|0 Comments

Urgent! Can your business donate N95 masks?

A media advisory went out today from Utah physician legislators calling on Utah businesses to donate personal protective equipment for coronavirus response to help protect healthcare professionals who are at risk of contracting COVID-19. Due to a national shortage, health care workers are left without sufficient protection assisting patients with coronavirus. N95 masks, used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face, are greatly needed.

Representatives Suzanne Harrison, Ray Ward and Stewart Barlow, all practicing physicians, are coordinating with the Utah Coronavirus Task Force in their urgent appeal for donations. Businesses with personal protective equipment that are willing to donate are asked to deliver the items to:

The Salt Palace Convention Center
100 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Collection Site Hours between 8 am – 8 pm (starting Tuesday, March 24, 2020)

For more details, see the Media Release below

Media Release

For Immediate Release:
March 23, 2020

Contacts:
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(801) 326-1568 | rosschambless@le.utah.gov

Jon Ammons, Deputy Chief of Staff
Utah House of Representatives
(801) 380-1018 | jammons@le.utah.gov

Utah Physician Legislators Urge Businesses to Donate Personal Protective Equipment

SALT LAKE CITY – Today Rep. Suzanne Harrison (D-House District 32), Rep. Ray Ward (R- House District 19), and Rep Stewart Barlow (R- House District 17), all practicing physicians, called on businesses that use personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate N95 masks. Currently, there is a national shortage of these critical supplies which help protect healthcare professionals who are at risk of contracting COVID-19.

“N95 masks are designed to protect medical workers from airborne particles and liquids contaminating the face,” says Rep. Harrison.  “As a medical doctor, I know I speak for my colleagues in saying we are honored and ready to take care of you and your loved ones, but we need your help. If you or your company has clean, un-used, N95 masks, please donate them. Your donation will help our health care system function and help prevent the spread of disease.”

Representatives Harrison, Ward, and Barlow are coordinating with the Utah Coronavirus Task Force in their urgent appeal for donations.  Businesses with personal protective equipment that are willing to donate are asked to deliver the items to:
The Salt Palace Convention Center
100 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Collection Site Hours between 8 am – 8 pm (starting Tuesday, March 24, 2020)

Guidelines for donations of PPE are listed on https://coronavirus.utah.gov/ (under the Donate button).  Additional details will be added to the website in the coming days.

N95 face masks or above (i.e., N100) can filter out virus particles and protect healthcare workers from exposure during critical procedures and patient care.

Needed PPE:
Masks
N95 masks (clinical or industrial)
Surgical masks
Face/eye protection
Face shields (medical grade)
Goggles (medical grade)
Gowns
Isolation gowns
Surgical gowns
Tyvek suits
Gloves
Examination gloves
Surgical gloves

Personal Protective Equipment is commonly used by businesses in manufacturing, construction, oil and gas, industrial clean-up, and other industries.  Typical applications for some types of this safety equipment may include: paint spraying, metal polishing, machine or vehicle maintenance (oils and greases), general industrial clean-up and processing, abatement/remediation, agriculture, cleaning and maintenance, general industry/manufacturing, non-hazardous operations, painting, pharmaceutical cleanroom, welding/metalwork.

Rep. Suzanne Harrison, M.D., is a physician anesthesiologist in Salt Lake County.  Rep. Ray Ward, M.D., is a family physician in private practice in Davis County.  Rep Stewart Barlow, M.D., is an ENT Surgeon also in Davis County.

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