FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentuckians with personal protective equipment are encouraged to donate items to healthcare workers. The Frankfort Regional Medical Center recently received a donation from an organization that uses these items to handle artifacts.
While the Kentucky Historical Society had to close its doors to visitors, it’s still moving along with its work.
“You can actually tune in on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we do a Facebook live feed of a virtual tour. The staff has been targeting certain things. We’ve done some on healthcare pandemics, Spanish flu, things like that,” said executive director Scott Alvey.
Alvey says they wanted to do more for the community. The historical society donated 28 boxes of gloves and several masks to the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.
“We had 30 N95 respirators on hand and we also had 27 dust masks,” said Alvey.
The historical society uses the gear when handling artifacts, to protect items from oils on hands or other contamination. They’re also used to protect staff and visitors.
“When we accept things, we don’t know what it’s made of or what kind of dust or mold or even maybe asbestos or something in the paint,” said Alvey.
Alvey says they were happy to put the supplies to use somewhere else during the pandemic.
“Our first responders and our healthcare providers are out there protecting us and what a great way for the historical society to be a part of the Frankfort community and the greater Kentucky community to be able to help them in their time of need,” said Alvey.