WE NEED YOUR HELP — Support your hometown newspaper by making a donation.

County bill enables donation of needed medical supplies

Posted

As healthcare facilities are already running low on protective gear for their staff, Nassau County Leg. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and fellow legislators unanimously passed a Blanket Gift resolution. This emergency item enables the County’s Office of Emergency management to accept assistance in the form of much needed medical supply donations for hospitals and clinics to combat the COVID-19 virus.

The resolution states that non-monetary gifts or grants of real or personal property can be accepted from any public or private source. Medical supplies most needed are; N-95 and surgical masks in unopened containers or boxes, eye protection such as goggles, face shields, antibacterial and disinfecting wipes that is alcohol and bleach-based and unopened, disposable medical gowns that are paper fluid-resistant or plastic, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, such as Clorox or Lysol wipes, nitrile gloves that are new, not expired and in an unopened box, shoe covers or booties, no-touch thermometers, thermometer probe covers and HEPA filters for ventilators and anesthesia machines.

In Nassau County, donations should be brought to the county's public safety building in Eisenhower Park, Parking Field 3, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow. It is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through Friday, April 3.The donated items will be distributed to healthcare institutions, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and critical-identified medical practices. Since the need is unprecedented, no donation is too small.

“Through these unprecedented difficult times, I am seeing the good in people coming out so strongly,” DeRiggi-Whitton said. “Aside from the amazing level of devotion to their patients that all of our healthcare workers, fire, police and EMS are demonstrating, citizens are truly coming together as a community to support one another.”

Questions about this or any other topic can be sent to the legislator’s office at

(516) 571-6211 or dderiggiwhitton@nassaucountyny.gov.