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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Hamilton County Requests Protective Equipment Donations

Courtesy of FDA

Hamilton County officials are putting out a call for personal protective equipment (PPE) donations.

Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency Director Nick Crossley is looking for N95 masks, surgical masks and more.

"It's widely reported that we're experiencing a shortage and we anticipate a greater shortage so we're reaching out to the community and working with the Health Collaborative to try to provide an extra resource to our health care and first responder community," says Crossley.

The request mirrors those at the state and federal levels asking places like dentist offices, veterinarians and construction companies to donate their supplies. Hair salons and beauty supply stores may also be able to assist.

Crossley says this is a "blind ask." There are no estimates as to how many extra supplies may be out there.

Specific Needs

  • N95 masks
  • surgical masks
  • disposable splash gowns
  • exam gloves (latex-free preferred, but all unopened boxes of gloves will be accepted)

Call 513-263-8200 for donation drop-off location and additional information.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.