St. Mary’s Health Department, County Government seek Supplies for Long Term COVID-19 Preparedness

News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) and St. Mary’s County Government are collecting the following unopened medical supply items: 

  • Universal Viral Mediums
  • Nasopharyngeal swabs
  • Facemasks (handmade masks may also be accepted – pattern and information here)
  • Nonsterile disposable patient examination gloves, latex-free, all sizes
  • Nonsterile disposable isolation gowns
  • Surgical gowns (ANSI/AAMI PB70 Levels 1-4)
  • International gowns and coveralls
  • Single-use or reusable face shields
  • Powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) or full-face elastomeric respirators
  • Medical eye shields and reusable goggles
  • N95 respirator, including surgical N95 respirators
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol
  • Protective suits such as Tyvek suits
  • Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers

Local medical providers, dental providers or community members who have these items and would like to donate them for local reserve may do so by contacting the St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.– 12 p.m. at: 301-475-4200, ext. 72120 to arrange a drop off time and location. 

This call for donations is for long term planning and preparedness – to ensure that our local healthcare workforce and emergency medical services have an abundance of stock to pull from in the future if needed. Supply stock is present for current needs and the supplemental stock has been ordered – however, we would like to ensure that all possible resources for local preparedness have been collected in case of a medical surge related to COVID-19. 

Community members, including any healthcare professionals, who want to volunteer to assist with the COVID-19 response should register through the Medical Reserve Corps Network – Road to Readiness initiative at:

For more ways that Marylanders can help, visit the Maryland Unites webpage at:

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David M. Higgins II

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in Digital Marketing, eventually leading him back to his passion. David started The Southern Maryland Chronicle in December 2017 and has grown it to become the #1 news source in Southern Maryland.

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