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PPE kits donated to Southeast Ohio small businesses

Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 5:16 PM EDT
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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) -

JobsOhio in partnership with OhioSE held a give-a-way of around 300 kits of personal protective equipment to small businesses in the southeastern Ohio region.

Officials met at the Buckeye Hills Regional Council office in Marietta for the distribution.

Included in the kits were 3-ply masks, KN95 masks, and hand sanitizer.

Small businesses are essential to the local economy, and the pandemic has somewhat halted the economy. Giving personal protective equipment to these businesses will hopefully help keep the economy going, as people will not shy away from shopping.

“The economy has slowed and shrunk so much,” said Mike Jacoby, President of Ohio Southeast Economic Development. “And to get that back, we got to be able to do it safely. Consumer confidence drives the American economy and if people are concerned when they go to a store, or a restaurant, that they’re going to get contaminated, they may not be shopping or buying. So, it’s important that we be able to help small businesses operate safely.”

Some of the organizations that equipment was donated to included the Marietta Chamber of Commerce, and Marietta Main Street.

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