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  • Pima County PPE Business Assistance

    Pima County is supporting businesses that might need help in acquiring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for employees.

    Food prepThis Countywide program follows the success of a pilot program launched June 24 in which the County teamed up with Downtown Tucson Partnership to assist downtown businesses in an effort to speed their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “It was very helpful to the downtown businesses,” said Kathleen Eriksen, Downtown Tucson Partnership's president and chief executive officer. “Many of them didn’t have the money or the sources to find the PPE. For them to fill out a form and have the PPE delivered to them was beneficial to the downtown businesses."

    Businesses requesting assistance will receive a pre-sorted allotment of PPE – which may include hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks – based on their number of employees. This service is designed to serve as a backstop for employers, and is only available to businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

    All businesses are encouraged to first source and procure PPE on their own. There is also a list of vetted vendors who may have supplies available. This is for informational purposes only and is not an endorsement of any particular vendor.

    How to Request PPE

    A request form must be completed in order to obtain a supply of non-medical PPE (cloth face masks, non-medical grade gloves, and hand sanitizer). Be ready to provide your business ID, number of employees (full and part time), and contact information.

    Key Dates

    • July 15 – Survey is open for business requests
    • July 29 – Survey is closed
    • August 12 – PPE distributions begin

    This is a first-come, first-served program, and requests will be filled until PPE runs out for the County’s initial allotment of business assistance. This will be a recurring program, with additional assistance available to businesses that did not have their requested orders filled in the first round.

    The County’s decision to assist businesses with PPE is in response to the June 19 decision of the Pima County Board of Supervisors to enact a countywide public health resolution requiring that face coverings be worn in public if six feet of physical distancing can’t be maintained.

    Healthcare providers, schools, child care providers, and first responders should not request PPE through this avenue. If those groups are in need of PPE, they should email EOCLogistics@pima.gov.

    Notice of Reselling PPE

    Reselling PPE acquired through this program is strictly prohibited. To report someone who is selling PPE acquired through this service, email EOCLogistics@pima.gov.
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