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Kent County to provide PPEs to reopening small businesses and employers

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 10:21:46-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Kent County Board of Commissioners is providing $2 million to assist small businesses and employers by providing personal protective equipment as they reopen.

Dubbed the Kent County Back to Work Initiative, the money will come from the country’s CARES Act funds and go to qualifying businesses, which are described as employing 100 people or fewer and located in Kent County.

“Our Board listened to countless business representatives who were concerned about the ability to source PPE. We want to remove that roadblock and use the County buying power to help where we can,” said Kent County Board of Commissioners Chair Mandy Bolter in a release.

Requests will begin to be filled on June 4.

Qualifying employers can submit requests online at a special web page or call the county’s PPE fullfillment center at 616-245-3636 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Calls can be made in English or Spanish.

PPEs are defined in the program as being “eye and face protection, gloves, hand sanitizer and thermometers.”