How to donate much-needed PPE for healthcare workers, first responders in Ohio

Posted at 4:38 PM, Mar 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 16:38:42-04

CLEVELAND — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton shared the most needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders in the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic. PPE includes items such as masks, goggles, gloves, gowns and face shields.

State officials said that taking care of a patient who is in intensive care for a 24-hour shift requires:

  • 36 pairs of gloves
  • 14 gowns
  • 3 pairs of goggles
  • 13 N-95 face masks.

During Saturday’s press conference, DeWine and Acton listed the 10 medical items most needed, including face masks, surgical gowns, medical-grade gloves, N95 respirators, isolation gowns, face shields, Tyvek coveralls, thermometers, foot coverings and ventilator tubing.

DeWine has asked residents and businesses who can donate PPE, or any other essential service or resource email

State officials will receive the emails and from there will plan how the donated resources will be distributed to best help those in need in Ohio.

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