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Restrictions and closings are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Cape May County.

Cape May County’s government is seeking the public’s help in gathering necessary medical supplies for those at the frontline of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Cape May County Health Department and the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management are seeking donations of sealed boxes of gloves, masks and personal protective equipment from businesses that are closed during the pandemic. 

Businesses, salons, schools and others may have access to some of these materials that could be vital to medical personnel as time goes forward, according to a county press release.

The request is that these donations would be brought to the Cape May County OEM, but people should call ahead before making the donation at 609-600-5055.

“I have seen our community step up time after time over the years in Cape May County,” said Freeholder Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Health Department.

He continued, “If anyone has these gloves, masks or PPE, we ask them to donate these materials for the doctors, nurses and all first responders on the frontlines.”

The need for this equipment is well-known across the United States. It is expected that the need for these medical supplies will increase as testing becomes more available and more positive tests come from residents of Cape May County.

“Our OEM and Health Department are working with the state and local medical professionals to ensure that all of the necessary medical supplies are made available,” said Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton, liaison to the county’s OEM.

Thornton added, “This is an issue across the entire country and any way our local businesses can reduce our need for these medical supplies would be very much appreciated.”

Thornton and Pierson are urging Cape May County residents to stay safe and follow current health recommendations to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.