COOS BAY, Ore. – The Coos Bay North Bend Rotary Club has donated boxes of medical supplies to the emergency response team at Coos County Health and Wellness on March 18. The supplies included masks, gowns, face shields, foot covers and other items. The items will be divided up between organizations that provide clinical services, like first responders, medical centers, and senior living facilities.
The Rotary typically ships these surplus supplies to foreign countries, but with the coronavirus affecting the community they decided to help out locally. The effort warranted television and website coverage by KCBY-TV in Coos Bay (see this link for both reports: https://kcby.com/news/local/rotary-gives-medical-supplies-to-coos-county-responders-instead-of-sending-them-abroad)
“For years, these supplies had been destined for destitute countries abroad but we knew that these particular supplies were going to be needed here,” explained Tom Bennett, secretary/treasurer for Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary.
Coos County Public Health emergency manager, Phillip Nel, says these are very welcomed donation. “If we run out then we’re really in trouble, so I just want to make sure that we do not run out.” Nel said.
And they’re trying to make sure first responders are protected as well. “These people need to be protected as well because otherwise, if they start getting sick, then we don’t have law enforcement or fire and rescue to do all the other protective tasks they carry out,” added Nel.
Coos County Public Health officials say they are being conservative with these supplies but they always need more. The county is not facing a shortage of supplies at the time. The donation is an effort to get ahead of the game so the county doesn’t experience a shortage.
Bennett says going forward they are going to find more supplies, “This feels really good to make this material of use.”