Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company is asking the public for help acquiring personal protective gear needed to treat coronavirus patients.
An Aetna spokesperson said the fire department has enough N95 respirator masks for its emergency medical technicians, but it needs surgical masks to put on patients. Aetna also needs safety glasses and non-permeable disposable gowns.
The department is seeking donations from any local businesses who might have access to such equipment. Anyone who can donate should call 302-454-3309.
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, New Castle County 911 dispatchers instituted a detailed screening process that asks callers about travel history and other risk factors.
If a patient is deemed to be at risk of having COVID-19, dispatchers will alert the responding EMTs. The EMTs and ambulance driver will then don protective gear, including a disposable gown, gloves, eye protection and an N95 mask.