MENOMINEE — Menominee County is organizing a community campaign to collect personal protective equipment to be redistributed to emergency responders and healthcare personnel in our community.

Peronsonal protection equipment, such as gloves, medical masks and hand sanitizer supplies are critically low as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This shortage leaves emergency responders and healthcare providers ill-equipped to care for COVID-19 patients.

“Our first responders and healthcare personnel are on the frontlines of this battle — they can’t help the rest of us if they get sick. As a community we can help by donating any extra personal protective equipment we may have in our homes or businesses to help keep our first responders and healthcare personnel safe and healthy as they work relentlessly to do the same for us,” Jason Carviou, the Menominee County administrator, said in a press release.

The items of highest demand include medical/surgical masks, N-95 respirators, gloves, gowns, aprons, and hand sanitizer. If you have any extra of these items in your home or business, please consider donating them to help our community fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

Menominee County personnel will pick up donations at the donator’s residence so the donator remain at home during the duration of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay home order.

Anyone who is interested in coordinating a donation should contact Carviou at 906-863-9648 ext. 1001 or by sending an email to jcarviou@menomineeco.com.