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Police running low on protective gear, call on public for donations

The Central Marin Police Authority put out the call Saturday for donations of face masks, eye protective gear, gloves and other equipment that’s now in short supply due to the novel coronavirus.

The agency has a limited amount of personal protective equipment and supplies are dwindling quickly. Although they have requested more, there is a nationwide shortage, the agency said in a release.

The agency said:

“That’s why we are reaching out to you now. You may have masks or other supplies that you’ve bought for painting or DIY home projects, smoke inhalation, or your home emergency kit.”

They added:

“Perhaps you have a construction or other type of business that uses safety equipment and could spare some right now.”

N95 masks are in short supply as the 2019 novel coronavirus spreads and taxes healthcare providers.

The gear that’s need include: N95 or any type of surgical mask; clear protective eye gear or goggles; face shields or splash shields; latex gloves; gowns; disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer.

Anyone with supplies to donate should email, and include information on the best way to be contacted – either by phone or email.

The agency will arrange for pick-up at donors’ homes, business or for drop-off at the police station. The Central Marin Police Authority covers Corte Madera, Larkspur, San Anselmo and portions of Greenbrae.

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