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Area businesses donate masks, protective supplies to hospitals

Some businesses have begun to offer hospitals dust masks, face shields and latex gloves to help in the battle against spread of COVID-19.

When their business slowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zartman Construction in Northumberland decided to give several cases of construction dust masks used for demolition work to Geisinger Medical Center in the battle against its spread, said Tim Clark, Zartman vice president of operations.

“The reality of the situation is we are pretty much at a standstill, can’t use them, and Geisinger needs them,” Clark said.

“We like to think we are a good partner in the community and Geisinger is an important partner to us. This is something we could do in return,” he said.

Don and Kathie Snauffer, a local couple, said they noticed Harbor Freight was donating equipment to a number of hospitals, and sent notice to UPMC Susquehanna.

Harbor Freight is donating all of its dust masks, face shields and nitril gloves to any hospital with all-day-all-night emergency room, according to the Snauffers.

“We have submitted UPMC Susquehanna to Harbor Freight Website,” Snauffer’s said.

Meanwhile, Geisinger said it continues to accept donations of masks, latex gloves, and electronic heaters for outdoor screening tents, said Mike McMullen, a hospital spokesman.

There are some recommendations for donating. Groups and individuals should not make donations directly to the hospital but call to set it up. To donate supplies or make a monetary donation, call 800-739-6882 or visit geisinger.org/fightcovid, McMullen said.

Blood donations are also encouraged and are safe for donors, said Kathy Rowinski, a hospital blood donation spokeswoman. Contact her at 570-449-5586 or krowinski@givepint.org.

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