To protect the public’s health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, Crow Wing County staff are asking residents for help in donating any extra masks, gloves or hand sanitizer residents may have to spare. There is a drop box outside of the front entrance of the Community Services building for residents to drop all donations, located at 204 Laurel Street in Brainerd. Staff will monitor the box and bring items inside. Residents should drop items off during business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Items requested are: • Surgical masks (NEW) • N95 masks (NEW) • Industrial masks (N95 or dust) • Latex free gloves (NEW) • Disposable Food Grade gloves (NEW) • Disinfectant wipes (NEW) • Hand sanitizer of all sizes • Antibacterial soap • Protective gowns (water resistant) • Eye protection goggles or glasses (NEW) • Face shields (NEW)

All items will be donated to local first responders and healthcare workers.

The goal is to anticipate the items needed by law enforcement, first responders and medical staff. The Minnesota Department of Health has a hotline for COVID-19 questions at )(651) 201-3920 or (800) 657-3903 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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