Personal protective equipment -- PPE

CAERNARVON TWP., Pa. - The Caernarvon Township police are expressing their gratitude to one of the township's businesses for a big donation in their time of need during the coronavirus pandemic.

The department posted a statement on its CrimeWatch page Wednesday, thanking Morgan Corporation for its gift of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the township's police officers.

The department said, like so many others across the country, it was caught off guard with the need to supply PPE to its officers responding to COVID-19 emergencies.

"Our department had little to no supplies on hand in the event our officers needed to don protective equipment to shield themselves from infection while performing their duties to provide assistance to our residents, businesses and visitors in Caernarvon Township," the police said in their post.

Hospitals, nursing homes, and others on the front lines of the pandemic have also reported the need for more equipment to protect their workers. The federal government and scores of businesses as well as volunteer groups have been working to supply that need.

As of Wednesday, Berks County has 20 positive cases of COVID-19, according to Pennsylvania health officials.

Any Berks resident with questions about the coronavirus can contact the county's help center by calling 610-320-6150 or by emailing COVID@CountyofBerks.com.

Staff will be on hand to answer phones and respond to emails seven days a week, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911; social service questions or needs should be addressed by calling 211.

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