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Bucks Emergency Management director issues call for surgical gown donations


As the fight against the coronavirus pandemic rages on, personal protective equipment (PPE) – particularly surgical gowns – are becoming increasingly harder to find, Bucks County Emergency Management/Services Director Scott Forster said on Thursday. This week, 13,000 N95 masks, face shields and other types of PPE supplies were distributed to emergency services, municipalities and long-term care facilities, Forster reported in a virtual county news briefing.

But, he stressed, “The longer this goes on, the harder it is to get essential PPE supplies that we need. Gowns – disposable surgical gowns – are almost nonexistent. It’s very hard to buy them; it’s hard to acquire them from the Strategic National Stockpile.”

Forster urged businesses that are interested in donating disposable surgical gowns or plastic gowns to contact Bucks County Emergency Management, 911 Freedom Way, Ivyland (215-340-8700). The gowns will be distributed to nursing and personal care homes and hospital health care workers.