Coronavirus: Donation campaign set up for protective equipment, supplies in Simcoe, Muskoka

A donation campaign has been set up to collect personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies for local health-care providers in Simcoe County and Muskoka amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are calling on our community to help ensure the supply of PPE and medical supplies meets the demand over the coming weeks,” Charles Gardner, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s medical officer of health, said in a statement.

Simcoe County, Muskoka District and the local health unit are looking for new and unused N95 and surgical masks, face shields, protective goggles or safety glasses, nitrile gloves, reusable or disposable gowns, medical thermometers, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes with a DIN number or bleach cleaner, and hand soap.

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“We are facing a time of unparalleled pressure on our health-care system and it is essential our paramedic and long-term care services have access to the equipment and materials necessary to continue to provide the excellent services they are recognized for,” Muskoka District Chair John Klinck said in a statement.

— With files from Global News’ David Lao and Andrew Russell

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