State seeks donations of unused PPE, swabs, other items
To protect front-line workers as the COVID-19 emergency continues, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is encouraging idled medical practices to donate any potentially life-saving personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gowns, gloves, masks and eye protection.

Practices with small quantities of PPE to donate should offer items to the nearest health department, hospital, nursing home, first responder such as an EMS agency, or other public safety agency. This will minimize travel and logistic issues.

If you have larger quantities of PPE to donate, email the Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC). Please include the quantities of each item, along with their location, to help determine a drop-off point. Someone with the IEDC will respond to work out next steps for obtaining your donation.

Nasal swabs, other items especially needed
ISDH is also looking for nasal swabs to help the state expand testing. If you have access to swabs the FDA has recommended for COVID-19 diagnostic processing from your current supplies or your medical supplier, please contact your local hospital.

The most-needed items are listed below.

NOTE: All items should be in the manufacturer’s original packaging and unopened. Opened and/or homemade products cannot be accepted.
  • Masks
    o N-95
    o Earloop
    o Surgical
  • Gowns
    o Isolation
    o Non-descript
  • Gloves o Nitrile
    o Sterile
    o Surgical
  • Eye protection
    o Face shields
    o Goggles
  • Infection control kits
  • Hand sanitizer (any size)
  • Disinfectant wipes (any size)
  • Thermometers (forehead only)