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DeKalb County Farm Bureau is reaching out to the agricultural community for donations of N95 masks. The masks are in short supply and are needed to protect health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Farmers, agribusiness companies, veterinarians, construction companies and anyone else who has extra N95 respirator masks or surgical masks are being asked to drop them off at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore. A drop-off box will be located inside the front doors of the building and accessible from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We are calling on farmers and ag companies to help in this county-wide effort,” Greg Millburg, Farm Bureau manager, said in a news release. “If you have extra masks you are willing to donate please bring them to the Farm Bureau. These masks are needed for protecting health care providers on the front line of this health crisis.”
Millburg recommended that masks be dropped off as soon as possible.
Farm Bureau will collect masks and deliver them to the DeKalb County Health Department for distribution to the health care system and first responders. The N95 masks must be new or unused.
In the community, stock supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care providers are being depleted. In addition to masks, the county is in need of surgical gloves, goggles and gowns.
For more information, email the DeKalb County Health Department at COVID19@dekalbcounty.org.