Local companies have donated more than 2,000 masks and other supplies to help protect city of Dayton police and fire employees from infection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The city also is buying sizable amounts of hand sanitizer and personal protection equipment (PPE) to minimize exposure risks to first-responders and other essential city workers.
Donations from the community has helped the fire department stock up on about 10 to 11 weeks of masks, said Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein.
“We should be in really good shape, provided we don’t have any spikes in case load,” she said.
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This week, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley thanked local businesses for providing PPE supplies that the city has had trouble obtaining because of shortages due to high demand related to the coronavirus outbreak.
The city received 2,000 donated KN95 masks from Henny Penny Corp., which manufactures food service equipment and is headquartered in Eaton.
The city also received 100 N95 masks from Hendrickson, and bought 1,980 spray bottles from Meijer at a discount.
Belle of Dayton Distillery in the Oregon District donated multiple cases of liquid hand sanitizer, as well as some additional containers.
The distillery decided to produce hand sanitizer to help out during this public health emergency.
Dollar Tree in Huber Heights donated paper towels to the city, and Five Below in Huber Heights donated disinfectant.
Additionally, the city is purchasing about $16,445 worth of hand sanitizer, or about 47 large containers, for first responders and other departments.
The city also approved spending about $48,750 to acquire personal protection equipment for essential workers from One Up Bands in Moraine.
Though the city has a decent supply of PPE, it is still accepting donations of equipment because the supply chain remains challenging, said Whaley.
The city also has been collecting homemade masks to distribute to front-line workers in the community who continue to provide essential but non-health care-related services, like grocery store employees.
The city already has collected more than 285 masks and continues to accept donations.
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