The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5 said it plans to donate more than 10,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to help health professionals treat COVID-19 patients.
Region 5, which includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, said it was actively working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to distribute the PPE.
The agency said it maintains a supply of PPE for responding to emergencies like chemical, oil, radiological and biological incidents.
“We are working with our regional FEMA officials to provide what limited quantities of equipment that we have to the states in our region that need it most,” said EPA region 5 administrator Kurt Thiede. “We don’t have a lot, but we know that every bit helps.”
The pieces include N95 masks, protective disposable gloves and full-body protective cover all suits.
Michigan and Illinois have the most reported COVID-19 cases in Region 5, with 15,718 cases and 11,256 cases, respectively. Indiana has the third most cases with 5,507 as of April 7.