Apr 20, 2020 12:54 PM

Mounted Patrol and Rescue Squad to assist higher risk persons

Posted Apr 20, 2020 12:54 PM

The Saline County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol and Rescue Squad has a reputation for helping out in a crisis. Now they're helping out in a pandemic.

Starting immediately, the Mounted Patrol and Rescue Squad will begin offering assistance to citizens in the higher risk category for COVID-19, primarily, those with contributing conditions such as compromised immune systems or our more senior citizens, the organization noted in a news release. The service is possible, in part, thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Salina Area United Way's COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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According to information from the Mounted Patrol and Rescue Squad, members will pick up essential items for these persons and deliver those to their locations in Saline County. Items such as groceries, prescriptions and other essential items can be ordered through the source of choice with arrangements for the Mounted Patrol and Rescue Squad to pick these items up and deliver them.

To get assistance simply call Mounted Patrol and Rescue Squad Commander Bill Cooke at 620-200-2931 or Deputy Cain Humphrey at 785-826-6393. Assistance will be given in the order that requests are received.

"We thank the community and our supporters. Specifically, thank you to the Salina Area United Way for helping to provide PPE so that we may provide this service to our community. Our thoughts are with all of those people local and around the world affected in any way by COVID-19," the Mounted Patrol and Rescue Squad noted in the release.

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UPDATE: SHESC's minimum order of KN95 masks now only 100

UPDATE: The Smoky Hill Education Service Center (SHESC) has announced that the minimum number of protective KN95 masks that can be ordered through the center has been lowered to 100.

Image of masks courtesy SHESC

The Smoky Hill Education Service Center (SHESC) has a coronavirus-related deal for tax-exempt organizations.

SHESC, in partnership with School Specialty, has a limited supply of KN95 respirator masks available for educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and city and county governments while supplies last!

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend N95 respirator masks as an effective preventative measure against the transmission of COVID-19. Currently in the United States, however, unprecedented demand has led to a critical shortage of the masks. On April 3, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an Emergency Use Authorization for KN95 masks -- the approval standard used in China with equivalent performance to N95 respirator masks, SHESC noted in a news release. The authorization allows the import and use of KN95 masks during the COVID-19 situation.

According to SHESC, tax-exempt organizations can download the fillable pdf form below and send it to [email protected]smokyhill.org to place their mask orders.

Download a Form-Fillable KN95 Mask Order Form as a PDF