Coulter: Please Donate Equipment for Health Care Workers and First Responders

Donations of personal protective equipment for health care workers can be taken to the Oakland County Farmers Market or the county will pick up equipment from those who can’t bring it to the donation site.

Personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and first responders remains in short supply because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oakland County Executive David Coulter put out the call for donations in response to this shortage during a news conference today at the L. Brooks Patterson Executive Building.

Beginning Monday, Oakland County will accept donations of masks (all types), face shields, surgical gowns, surgical gloves, no-touch thermometers, and respirators at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

“We need more equipment,” Coulter said. “If you or your business has this equipment and you’re not currently an essential business that needs to be open — maybe you’re a dentist’s office whose affected by the Governor’s order yesterday (Friday) or maybe you’re another kind of facility that has access to this equipment — we need it. I want to encourage you to contact our Emergency Operations Center.”

Oakland County will pick up any donated equipment on the list for those who are unable to drop off donations at the Farmers Market.

“Right now, our top priority is trying to obtain personal protective equipment for hospitals, for healthcare workers, for EMS and first responders. County Executive Coulter and the Board of Commissioners have provided us with great resources including funds needed, but right now we can’t find or get these supplies.”

To contact the Emergency Operations Center to donate equipment, call 248-858-5300 or email oakeoc@oakgov.com. For more information about the COVID-19 pandemic, go to OakGov.com/COVID.