The Lincoln County EMA Emergency Operations Center issued a request March 26 for new, unused Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist our front line Emergency Medical, Fire Department and Law Enforcement first responders, health care providers and health care facilities responding to COVID-19. Needed supplies include: N95 masks (NIOSH approved equivalent or similar), surgical protective masks, nitrile gloves, eye protection, face shields, disposable protective gowns or suits, disposable shoe covers, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes or sprays.
“Lincoln County residents can help our first responders fight the coronavirus by donating PPE that they may have in their home or business. These additional supplies will help supplement a depleted stock that is essential in protecting our front line workforce and our communities” said Casey Stevens, director of the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency. Our first responders are doing their best to conserve supplies, but unless the stock is replenished, they will run out. While manufacturers do their best to catch up to the demand on PPE, individuals, corporations and community groups can contribute their medical supplies to help protect workers who are trying to keep us safe.
PPE donations can be made at the Lincoln County Courthouse, 32 High Street, Wiscasset. Drop-offs will be accepted on the front steps of the Courthouse by the handicap-accessible entrance. The collection bin will be available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“All first responders in Lincoln County are protecting our communities from this spreading virus. Many are volunteers and are risking their own health to help out their neighbors. We can do our part by sharing unused resources with them during this crucial time” said Carrie Kipfer, County Administrator. “We welcome donations of any size - no donation is too small – if you have an extra box of gloves or a couple of masks, it all helps.” If you have a large quantity that you can donate, please call (207) 504-1949 and speak to Ken Desmond to coordinate a drop-off/pick-up.
Residents should continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance for social distancing and staying home. For the most up-to-date information, please visit https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml