Utah Business Spearheading Online Drive For More N95 Masks
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – When Dan Young, founder of PC Laptops, got off the phone recently with his friend, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, he knew he had to do something to get vital equipment for frontline workers in the war against the novel coronavirus.
Reyes told him law enforcement officers of the AG’s office no longer had the coronavirus-filtering N95 masks need to protect them as they come interact with the public.
In fact, the Attorney General went on to explain, many health care workers and first responders in the state were running out of the lifesaving masks, gowns and face shields better known as personal protection equipment.
Young jumped to action.
“We intend to solve this problem,” his GoFundMe page said.
The page also includes an urgent plea for other business to scour their buildings and warehouses for masks and other PPE that they can find and donate.
Young has already sent his business inventory of masks to the Attorney General’s office. The workers at PC Laptops wear the masks while they build and repair computers.
Employees have been working the phones and email servers tirelessly to locate other sources of PPE. Young has leaned on his list of distributors and manufacturers around the world to roundup the much-needed gear, resulting in 15,000 filtration masks and other PPE, his page says.
“But it’s not enough,” he explains in his fundraising post. “As I have coordinated with the Attorney General’s office, the Office of the Governor, and other organizations in the state. I expect we’ll need to raise at least one million dollars $1,000,000 just to begin to meet the immediate Coronavirus-fighting equipment requirements of our first responders and healthcare professionals. I’m committed to making that happen.”
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