ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp is calling on all businesses who are able, to help the state battle the spread of the the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The governor issued the plea, asking for businesses across the state help provide produce, distribute or store critical health care items the state needs to fight the spread of the virus.
“As our state’s hardworking healthcare workers and first responders stand on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19, it is our job to come together as Georgians and arm them with the necessary resources to keep them safe and effective,” Kemp said. “Now more than ever, I am confident in both our nation and our state’s ability to work in solidarity as we continue to fight spread of COVID-19. I ask all Georgia businesses who are able to support us in the fight against this global pandemic.”
Critical items include:
- N95 masks or equivalent
- air purifying machines
- face shields
- hair covers
- hand sanitizer
- hospital beds
- gloves (various sizes – nitrile or latex-free)
- negative pressure machines
- no-touch thermometers (regular if no-touch are not available)
- safety goggles
- sanitation units
- sanitizing spray
- sanitizing wipes
- shoe covers
- surgical masks
- Tyvek suits
Kemp said the Georgia Department of Economic Development is spearheading the effort, and will help identify manufacturers and distributors across the state who either already have the needed supplies in their inventory, or could produce or distribute them.
Businesses able to provide assistance and resources with factories already up and running, or facilities that can be repurposed for these vital products, are asked to complete an informational form online on the state's website.*
*They say this is simply for the purpose of collecting information. Submission of the form will not equate to a commitment by the state of Georgia to purchase.
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