Over 1 Million PPE Distributed

Post Date:05/22/2020 2:26 PM

HILLSBOROUGH – Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher announced that the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has distributed over 1 million articles of personal protective equipment (PPE) to long-term care facilities (81%), municipal OEMs (14%) and first responders.

The bulk of critically needed supplies was provided by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. Personal and private donations from residents, businesses and community organizations also were distributed, including face masks, hand sanitizer and gloves.

“It was difficult to get PPE initially, so we purchased what we could. But what really made a difference for our first responders was the amount of PPE supplies members of our community donated. We are incredibly grateful for their generosity,” said Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “Of course, we could not have limited the spread of the coronavirus as much as we did without the help of Governor Murphy, our legislators and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.”

“This has been an outstanding collaborative initiative,” said Freeholder Gallagher, public health and safety liaison. “Several of the support functions of our Emergency Operations Center, including those provided by our Emergency Management and Facilities and Services Divisions, have done a tremendous job of communicating with the state OEM, managing and breaking down supplies, and delivering critical PPE to locations where they were most needed.”

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Somerset County Department of Health (SCDOH) is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New Jersey State Department of Health, and other health partners in monitoring the evolving situation. Somerset County remains committed to providing accurate and timely information on this situation to our communities. Residents can call 908-231-7111 for a daily automated reading of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) case count in Somerset County, New Jersey.

The SCDOH is the lead county agency to coordinate public health disease response, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local hospitals, medical providers, and emergency medical services. To stay up-to-date on information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the most current information. More information and resources regarding the new coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found below.

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COVID-19 Cases Total Deaths
Somerset County*  4,728** 486
New Jersey  185,031** 14,025
United States 5,023,649** 161,842
*All 21 municipalities            

**Includes both confirmed cases and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. Presumptive positive cases tested positive at a state or commercial laboratory and are waiting for confirmatory testing by the CDC.

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