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Kemp asks Ga. businesses for help


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Mar. 25, 2020 - 5:00 PM

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Gov. Brian Kemp has called on Georgia businesses to help the state provide, produce, distribute or store critical health care items needed to fight the spread of COVID-19.

“As our state’s hardworking health care workers and first responders stand on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19, it is our job to come together as Georgians and arm them with the necessary resources to keep them safe and effective,” Kemp said. “I ask all Georgia businesses who are able to support us in the fight against this global pandemic.”

Critical items include: N-95 masks or equivalent; air purifying machines; face shields; hair covers; hand sanitizer; hospital beds; gloves (various sizes – nitrile or latex-free); negative pressure machines; no-touch or regular thermometers; safety goggles; sanitation units; sanitizing spray; sanitizing wipes; shoe covers; surgical masks; Tyvek suits; and ventilators.

Businesses able to provide assistance and resources with factories already up and running, or facilities that can be repurposed for these vital products, are asked to complete an informational form online. This is to collect information, and submission of the form does not guarantee purchase by the state.

As part of this mission, the Georgia Department of Economic Development is actively working to identify manufacturers and distributors across the state who have in their inventory – or who could produce, distribute or store – critical health care supplies that are already limited in supply or may become scarce in the weeks ahead.

“We could not be more grateful for the dedication our medical workers, first responders and partners have shown during this challenging time,” said Pat Wilson, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “They consistently continue to make Georgians’ health and safety their number one priority. As we fight COVID-19 and its expanded consequences together, we thank our Georgia businesses who have stepped up to help our state and pledge the continued full support of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.”

To complete the information form, visit www.georgia.org/covid19respons... .