Call to action to Baton Rouge businesses to donate personal protective equipment to hospitals

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – The Mayor and several business leaders are calling on those in the business community to donate supplies to hospitals.

Pallets at a warehouse on Plank Road are empty now, but that will change if some Baton Rouge business leaders get their way.

“We are here because we have a crisis,” said John Spain, Executive Director of Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

That’s because hospitals in Baton Rouge are still looking for help when it comes to personal protective equipment or PPE. Thursday, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome along with business and health leaders partnered up in an effort to collect personal protect equipment for medical personnel.

Mayor Broome said, “We’re calling upon businesses, industries and medical and dental offices that are closed or not performing certain procedures to donate their protective equipment that can be utilized in hospitals.”.

Here’s how it works.
Area businesses will donate critical supply items. They will be housed at a central warehouse on Plank Road. From there, they will be given to hospitals with the most urgent need. Steps are being taken to make sure the process is safe.

“All of the workers that will be part of the effort, that their temperature will be tested. It will be checked every morning before they report to work,” said Steve Ceulemans, Executive Director, Baton Rouge Health District.

A community drive to help drive away the Coronavirus.

“All of the workers that will be part of the effort, that their temperature will be tested. It will be checked every morning before they report to work,” said Spain.

Here’s a list of what they are looking for:

  • Germicidal Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Surgical Masks
  • Procedure Masks
  • N95 Masks
  • Gowns / protective drapes
  • Goggles
  • Latex and Non-Latex Gloves – all sizes

Area businesses interested in sharing available PPE in clean, sealed, originally boxed and unused condition are encouraged to reach out between 9am and 11am Monday through Friday and call 225-763-4240, e-mail PPEDonations@brhealthdistrict.com, or drop off items at 9455 Plank Rd, 70811 Baton Rouge. You can find all the details here.

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