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Gladstone police seek protective equipment donations

GLADSTONE — As its supplies of protective equipment are dwindling, Gladstone Public Safety has requested donations from the community.

“Due to high demand and lack of availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) GPSD has a very limited supply of Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommended PPE,” the department stated in a post on its Facebook page Tuesday evening.

Local businesses, organizations and residents were asked to donate new, unused PPE if possible. Recommended PPE for first responders includes National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-approved N95 or higher level particulate respirators, goggles, disposable face shields covering the front and sides of the face, disposable rubber gloves, isolation gowns and/or disposable coveralls.

“Homemade masks are unfortunately listed as not providing adequate protection against COVID 19,” the department stated.

While the department has increased protective measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it stated close contact with other people is “unavoidable” for first responders.

“This close contact no doubt puts first responders at a higher risk of potential to infectious diseases, such as COVID-19,” it stated.

Those interested in making a donation can send the department a private message or call 428-3131 to make arrangements.

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