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Lexington reaching out to local businesses for help with production of personal protective equipment

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and Ray Daniels, chair of the Commerce Lexington Board, issued a call to action on Monday to local businesses that can help produce the supplies the city and state will desperately need to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton is asking businesses to help provide needed medical supplies for the city and state.

During a city hall a press conference, Gorton said dozens of businesses have already stepped forward, however, “We still need more help, especially in the production of personal protective equipment, or PPE, and ventilators. There are critical weeks ahead, when demand for PPE is going to climb along with the number of cases. Now is the time for every citizen to think about how he or she can be of the most help.”

Gorton said she holds weekly meetings with representatives of the healthcare community, including hospitals. “Like hospitals all around the country, our healthcare community’s supply of PPE is running low,” Gorton said. “We need the help from businesses that can produce these products or have a stockpile of these items they can donate.”

PPE includes gloves, masks and Tyvek suits.

“Our healthcare workers are among the heroes of this crisis who deserve to be protected as they go about their work,” Gorton said.

Daniels, owner of Equity Solutions and vice chair of the board of Fayette County Public Schools, urged the business community to step forward. “In Lexington we have already heard from many generous corporate citizens, but this is a time when we need all hands on-deck.”

He said Commerce Lexington is also working to help people who have lost their jobs by listing vacancies on its website, by helping businesses with small business disaster loans, with information on unemployment insurance, and by urging citizens to support local businesses.

“We all have to help one another. We are asking our businesses to help meet the demand for the tools we need to fight COVID-19. In turn, we need to support them as they move through these difficult days,” Daniels said.

Gorton said the Health Department announced Monday that Lexington has had another death, bringing our total to seven Fayette County residents lost to the coronavirus.

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