President Trump just made a huge announcement during his daily Coronavirus Task Force press briefing. He ordered that 200,000 n95 masks be delivered TOMORROW to Suffolk at NO COST to the County! This is on top of the 150,000 surgical masks delivered earlier TODAY after late Saturday night calls to locate a supply.
Yesterday evening, Suffolk County officials told me that the county stockpile was EMPTY of surgical masks, regular sized n95 masks, gowns, face shields and body bags. I then issued an urgent call nationally for anyone in a position to help. Within minutes, Jared Kushner called me from the White House wanting to help. Many others called me as well wanting to assist us. Working with County Executive Bellone and his team, as well as Jared, it's been a VERY productive 24 hours. Our health care professionals, first responders, law enforcement and other front line heroes deserve to have this protection not only protect their own health, but also to protect the health of others, especially their loving families.
TEAMWORK! 150,000 surgical masks were just delivered to Suffolk County to replenish supplies for our great hospital workers. Yesterday I was notified by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's team that the county stockpile was EMPTY on surgical masks, regular sized n95 masks, gowns, face shields and body bags. I sent out an SOS and within minutes I heard back from Jared Kushner at the White House wanting to help. Jared even committed to help ensure Suffolk County has the PPE it needs for at least the next 30 days. The county-federal partnership last night worked well into the night to make sure this delivery would happen today. We can't approach this as Democrats or Republicans. We are neighbors, fellow New Yorkers and Americans. We are in this TOGETHER!
Special Shout Out to the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association, which has been holding a food drop off and distribution for the Tri-Hamlet community! Food can be either donated or picked up 3PM-5PM Monday through Friday at 31 Neighborhood Road in Mastic Beach. Thank you to Long Island Cares, Island Harvest and BJ's in Bellport for donating much of the food and MBPOA for stepping up and feeding our neighbors during these difficult times. When we get through this outbreak, it will be because we all came together as ONE community to look out for each other. One team one fight!
Today is the first day that small businesses can apply for the new Paycheck Protection Program. This program is designed as a crucial lifeline to small businesses suffering from the effects of COVID-19 while incentivizing them to retain their employees and stay in business beyond this temporary shutdown of life as normal. If you own a small business and/or know someone else who does, visit https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources today for more information and apply ASAP if you are interested.
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.
First things first, we need to get through this coronavirus outbreak. That's all that matters at the moment as far as this is concerned. With that being said, when this is behind us, we need to do something bigger and better than we have ever done before and have onhand, between the national stockpile and a detailed domestic manufacturing plan, a national strategy to be completely prepared with PPE and ventilators for any future pandemic, whether it be years from now or decades from now. Let's make this the last time we are relying on China or any other country for these necessities to respond to a pandemic.
Signed, sealed, delivered-Earlier today, 150,000 surgical masks were delivered to Suffolk County for our great hospital workers & other front line warriors. Tomorrow, 200,000 n95 masks will arrive to Suffolk after the announcement tonight by @realDonaldTrump! One team, one fight! https://t.co/gfN85TNXmX
On top of the 150,000 surgical masks delivered today to Suffolk County Exec @SteveBellone, President Trump just announced he's sending 200,000 n95 masks TOMORROW at NO COST to the county! We are all in this together as Americans, not Republicans or Democrats. THANK YOU!! https://t.co/GwrOW3YMsD
TY @realDonaldTrump & Jared Kushner for responding so quickly & favorably to my ask last night after I got word our county's stockpile of key PPE was EMPTY. They stepped up BIG time for Suffolk's health care workers, first responders, law enforcement & other front line warriors. https://t.co/zxplYBDDc4
We have ~25k coronavirus cases in Suffolk/Nassau. Suffolk’s stockpile has NO surgical masks, reg sized n95 masks, gowns, face shields or body bags. Other items are low. We need fellow Americans who can help to PLEASE send us PPE ASAP! Email me at CongressmanZeldin1 @mail.house.gov