LCSO collecting protective gear for health care workers

LINCOLN COUNTY — Due to the nationwide shortage in personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management is coordinating PPE donation sites. LCSO is asking local and regional businesses and non-health care industries, including construction, dental, veterinary, manufacturing, breweries, mining, logging, fisheries and others, to donate their PPE. They are accepting disposable and reusable, unopened and opened, expired and not expired:

• Masks (N95, surgical, and procedural)

• Gowns (disposable)

• Gloves (exam type)

• Eye Protection (goggles and eye shields)

All donated supplies will be redistributed to vulnerable healthcare partners who are on the front lines, testing the public for COVID-19. Donors will receive a donation letter that can be used for a tax deduction. If you require PPE for your own personal healthcare, please save those supplies for your use.

Starting Wednesday, March 25 donations will be accepted at four locations in the county, These supplies will be coordinated by the Lincoln County Emergency Operations Center and redistributed to local healthcare partners based on priority need.

Donors are asked to fill out the form located at and bring it to drop off along with donations. You will receive a donation receipt for your items. If you do not have the ability to print the form at home, there will be blank copies at the drop-off sites.

PPE can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at:

• North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Bob Everest Station, 2525 NW Highway 101.

• Newport Fire Department, 245 NW 10th Street.

• Toledo Fire Department, 285 NE Burgess Road.

• Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue,145 NE Alsea Highway.