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 FRESfinance@suffolkcountyny.gov regarding a large donation of supplies or a potential vendor of opportunity.
Videojournalist Keith Lopez has the story from Yaphank.