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  • Pima County Health Department Has Delivered Over 6.7 Million Items of PPE During Pandemic

    Oct 13, 2020 | Read More News
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    masked childPima County, AZ, October 13, 2020 - Since before the COVID-19 pandemic first arrived in Pima County, the Pima County Health Department started securing and distributing personal protective equipment (PPE), delivering over 6.7 million masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves within the community to date.

    “We started by making sure doctors, nurses, first responders, and other essential medical personnel a priority,” said Spencer Graves, Logistics Sector Chief with the Pima County Health Department. “Once we felt comfortable that our health care workers were better protected, we shifted our PPE distribution focus to helping businesses reopen more safely. Now, we’re supporting schools as they begin their hybrid openings.”

    The Health Department has also provided PPE to childcare centers, social service workers, government agencies, along with the front-line workers.

    “PPE was very limited in the beginning, so we wanted to prioritize medical facilities where it would do the most good for the most people, helping our heroes save lives,” Graves said. “So much has changed - we’re getting ready to deliver 200,000 cloth masks to all K-12 schools in Pima County.”

    While face shields and gowns are critical for medical professionals, most members of the public would not benefit from their use. Face masks, along with handwashing and physical distancing, however, are central to community-wide efforts to control the spread of the virus.

    “Our team has done an outstanding job with bulk distributions of PPE to critical sectors,” Graves said. “Now, we need everybody in our community to keep doing their part by masking up, staying home if you’re sick, and getting a flu shot sooner rather than later.”