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Larimer County is organizing a personal protective equipment drive for health care workers throughout the county on Wednesday.
The county health department is asking residents to donate any unopened and unused personal protective equipment for use by front line health care workers treating coronavirus patients.
The drive will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at several locations across the county.
The county is not accepting homemade face masks at this time.
What can I bring?
- Sterile and nonsterile gloves in unopened boxes, latex-free preferred
- Hand sanitizer, unopened containers
- Bleach bottles or sprays, unopened containers
- Bleach wipes, unopened containers
- Isopropyl alcohol, unopened bottles
- Eye protection and goggles, unused in box or wrapper
- Clear face shields: These look like welder’s masks but are translucent, unused only
- Masks:tie, earloop, unopened boxes only, no cloth masks
- Respirator masks: N95, N99, P100, all sizes in unopened boxes. Extra filters are also needed for these devices.
- PAPR respirators: 3M or MaxAir, unused. Hoods, filters, batteries, chargers, tubes to go with these units are also needed.
- Disposable gowns, unused isolation gowns
- Shoe covers, unopened boxes
- Biohazard bags, unused
Is there anything I shouldn’t bring?
- Any opened or partially used personal protective equipment
- Homemade face masks
- New or used clothing
- Food of any kind
Where can I drop off equipment?
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