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Spouses of healthcare workers collect needed protective gear

Posted at 9:45 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 23:57:56-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A group of spouses of healthcare workers in Omaha are working full-time to make sure those on the front lines of the pandemic are protected.

They started the Omaha Covid-19 PPE Response Effort. On their website they say, "our mission is to locate personal protective equipment (PPE) and provide these items to our Omaha-area health care workers through physical donations and by purchasing larger quantities through monetary donations."

They are looking for unopened and unused items to be dropped off at area hospitals.

Here are the items they're looking for:

  • N95 masks, sometimes called respirators
  • Disposable face masks such as surgical masks
  • Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
  • Disposable gowns
  • Disposable gloves, non-latex
  • Disposable surgical caps
  • Disposable foot covers
  • Wipes: bleach or antimicrobial
  • Hand Sanitizer

They also are securing cash donations which are considered charitable donations in order to buy large quantities when available. They say they have to act quickly when supplies become available so having cash on hand will help.

Their web site details how to give and where to drop off any donated items.