The Ohio Department of Health delivered a shipment of face masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Williams County Health Department on Friday.
And the Defiance Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol in turn delivered individual allotments of PPE to Williams County law enforcement agencies to help keep them protected in the effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.
The PPE serves as important equipment for first responders and health professionals who are on the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis. The disease is highly contagious and spread by human-to-human contact or human contact with infected surfaces.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Patrick M. Tusko, a Bryan native, and Sgt. Joseph A. Nicholson came to the county health department office in Montpelier on Friday to pick up the PPE, which was distributed to area law enforcement personnel “to keep them protected.” while they perform their duties, according to OSHP Lt. Richard Ashenfelter.
The exchange was handled in keeping with social distancing guidelines, Ashenfelter said.
The Williams County Department of Health has taken the lead in coordinating the local response to the COVID-19 crisis, and in organizing partnerships among community members and organizations.
“We are so thankful for all the partners and individuals who have stepped up to help protect our community. It’s a real statement of who we are as a community,” Williams County Health Commissioner Jim Watkins said.
Ashenfelter said the state has been supplying the OSP with PPE, and the Defiance Post has been following social distancing and other safety guidelines issued by the Ohio Department of Health.