The search for personal protective equipment (PPE) remains a top priority for state officials as Minnesotans and Minnesota businesses continue to flood the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) with offers to help.
“Our top priority is our front-line health professionals,” said Joe Kelly, director of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management division (HSEM). “We need to keep our doctors and nurses healthy so they can take care of the rest of us. That means preserving all the medical-grade equipment for them that we can.”
Kelly said more than 800 people have contacted the SEOC offering services and products.
“If you are kind enough to make cloth masks, I suggest you distribute them locally,” Kelly said. “Get your masks to local health care centers, jails, long-term care facilities, and transit drivers. You can immediately protect people in your community.”
State agencies and volunteer organizations continue working from the SEOC to keep Minnesotans safe and coordinate efforts to provide essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The SEOC was activated to support state agencies with their COVID-19 response following Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order issuing a Peacetime State of Emergency in response to the pandemic