BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Baker Administration has announced a new online portal where individuals and companies can donate or sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and volunteer to support the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts.
In a press release, Baker said the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 PPE Procurement and Donation Program will ensure that front line responders get the protective equipment they need, and it will allow more trained volunteers to join the response.
"Massachusetts has already received generous donations from countless organizations, and by launching this portal we’ll make it easier to streamline these offers and quickly distribute supplies to those in need,” said Gov. Baker. “We also need more volunteers to help support our response to this unprecedented public health emergency, and urge people to sign up to lend a hand."
Individuals and companies can click here to find out more information about how to donate N95/N99 masks (respirators,) surgical/procedure masks, face masks with integrated shields, Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPR), goggles, gloves, protective suits/gowns, booties/shoe covers, head covers, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes.
The state's program will also provide an entry point for local manufacturers to get more information on adapting their businesses to produce more equipment, which the Governor said is "an effort being led by the administration’s recently established Manufacturing Emergency Response Team."
There is an immediate need for respiratory therapists and public health nurses, and the administration is asking health care professionals interested in volunteering to sign up by clicking here.
"Our administration will continue making every effort to secure supplies from all possible resources to support our front line workers during these tough times," Baker said.
Since launching the initiative, more than 1,000 people have already registered to help.
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