LI Residents Donate Personal Protective Gear For Healthcare Workers

Sophia Hall
March 23, 2020 - 2:35 pm
Suffolk County Drop Off Center

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Residents of Suffolk County have been asked to donate any protective gear, like masks, gowns and gloves, to healthcare workers dealing with coronavirus.

At Suffolk County's Fire Academy in Yaphank on Monday morning, a steady stream of people drove up, some staying in their cars while dropping off their items.

Some had only single items, like a box of gloves, that they quickly handed over to the volunteers wearing masks. 

The donations are necessary to help with the shortages of supplies in the healthcare system.

The number of coronavirus cases have been steadily climbing on Long Island.

Two more deaths were reported in Nassau County, bringing the number of fatalities up to nine. Both patients had underlying health problems.

Officials say 52 other people are hospitalized and 11 are in critical condition.

Nassau now has more than 2,400 cases in all — about a 20% jump from Friday.

Neighboring Suffolk County has just under 1,500 cases, up about 25% from Sunday.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced Monday that all county golf courses and driving ranges are now closed. 

County parks remain open for runs, walks, hikes and other informal recreational activity. Residents are required to maintain social distancing while visiting parks.