WAVERLY — In the days leading up to Christmas, the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) arranged for the delivery of much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to county officials courtesy of a grant funded through the Governor’s Office of Appalachia. As the COVID pandemic continues unabated, receiving provisions of protective equipment were at the top of everyone’s Wish List this year.
Local officials in 12 Southern Ohio counties in the OVRDC service area, including Vinton, Jackson, Highland, Gallia, Lawrence, Scioto, Pike, Ross, Adams, Brown, Fayette, and Clermont, took delivery of shipments Christmas week and will be distributing the supplies out through emergency management services and county health districts.
For this first round of PPE deliveries, the Governor’s Office of Appalachia grant allowed OVRDC to purchase over $150,000 worth of supplies, according to the needs of each county as they submitted in their individual wish lists.
The totals included,
•17,300 3-Ply Surgical Masks, bundled in lots of 100.
•10,600 N-95 Masks, bundled in lots of 100.
•8,630 Pediatric Cloth Masks, Size 3-6 years, bundled in lots of 100.
•11,650 Pediatric Cloth Masks, Size 7-12 years, bundled in lots of 100.
•100 Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Black Ratchet Adjustment Face Shield and Head Gear Set.
•1,700 Goggles, bundled in lots of 100.
•1,850 Boxes of Nitrile Gloves, sizes S-XL in equal quantities.
•50 Tyvek Overalls w/Hood, sizes M-XXL in equal quantities.
•130 Non-Touch Thermometers
•5,000 Forehead Thermometer Strips
•310 (Gallon Case of 4) Hand Sanitizer
•500 Cases of Disinfecting Wipes
•360 Cases of Disinfecting Spray
•12 Hand Sanitizing Stands
The only backordered item on the list were the nitrile gloves, due to high demand. All other items on the list were shipped out to be distributed by each county in the coming days.
The PPE project came about when OVRDC gained support from the Governor’s Office of Appalachia Director John Carey to apply development project grant funding in response to the COVID crisis. OVRDC Executive Director John Hemmings and Development Coordinator Jessica Keeton came up with the idea to supply PPEs and worked on putting the project together.
“During the initial shutdown back in the spring, we had a lot of conversations at OVRDC about what to do to help our local governments respond to the crisis. County services were affected, and businesses were shut down. It seemed the best way to help get the economy moving again would be to do our part to fight the COVID virus and help alleviate shortages of personal protective equipment. It made sense to do what we could to fill the gap. We had the counties tell us what they needed, so we could provide what would be meaningful for them,” said Jessica Keeton, OVRDC Development Coordinator.
Information provided by the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission.