Suffolk County asks public to donate unused medical protection supplies

Posted at 8:42 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 20:42:57-04

YAPHANK, NY — The shortage of basic protection for health workers battling the coronavirus on the front lines has become a growing health concern and on Monday, Suffolk County asked the public to help with a supply drive by donating any unused medical protection supplies they might have.

The response was immediate.

More than 47,000 items were collected in just 4 hours Monday, county officials said. If you would like to donate, visit the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank any day this week between 10 am and 2 p.m.

The county is looking for N95 masks, ear loop face masks, gowns and gloves.

Residents can email regarding a large donation of supplies or a potential vendor of opportunity.

Videojournalist Keith Lopez has the story from Yaphank.