More PPE Needed for Local Healthcare Workers, First Responders and Law Enforcement
PATCHOGUE, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the bipartisan Congressional Coronavirus Task Force, is calling for additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be provided to local healthcare workers, first responders and law enforcement due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
In addition to PPE that has previously been provided to New Yorkers from the federal and state government, $16 billion was just secured for PPE kits, ventilators, and other medical supplies for federal and state response efforts in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, which was signed into law yesterday.
Additionally, Congressman Zeldin has been contacted by dozens of individuals offering to sell PPE to local entities in need. The process Congressman Zeldin’s office then follows is to forward all offers to the State of New York and designated representatives at local hospitals to vet and decide whether to pursue. Any entity in need of PPE that wishes to receive this information should email CongressmanZeldin1@mail.house.gov.
Local organizations that wish to donate PPE kits or other vital supplies, can email Congressman Zeldin’s office at CongressmanZeldin1@mail.house.gov.
For example, government contractor M&C Venture Group recently reached out to Congressman Zeldin’s office with 200 PPE kits to donate. The Congressman’s office then connected with Stony Brook University Hospital and facilitated the donation of these vital supplies.
“Our local medical professionals, first responders, and law enforcement are giving their all, putting themselves at risk to protect our communities’ most vulnerable,” said Congressman Zeldin. “Every level of government and every Long Islander has a responsibility to do everything possible to keep them safe. On the federal level, much needed funding is being delivered to local entities in need of PPE kits and other protective equipment, and on the local level, I’m helping connect Long Islanders offering to sell or donate supplies with those who have expressed a desire to receive these resources. More PPE is needed ASAP, and I will continue working around the clock to ensure local entities have access to the maximum number of possible supply chains.”