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Call for GBCI Prisoners to make Masks for Hospitals, First Responders

Yesterday, Prevea Health's CEO, Dr. Ashok Rai, recommended we all wear some sort of mask, even a homemade one, during the COVID-19 crisis. Eight days ago, I contacted Governor Evers and DOC Secretary Carr calling on them to authorize the production of HEPA filtration masks by the prisoners enrolled in GBCI's textile program.

Why hasn't this common-sense effort been implemented to produce masks for those who still can't get them, including the public?

The prisoner's at GBCI can produce 7,000 of these highly effective masks quickly and sell them to the public, nursing home workers and even poll workers for $2 each. This would more than cover the sub-$1 production cost and allow Brown County area residents and workers to have immediate access to masks.

Please urge Governor Evers and DOC Secretary Carr to allow this to move forward!

Governor Evers: 608-266-1212
Department of Corrections Secretary Kevin Carr: 608-240-5000

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Ways to Help the Community

During times like these it’s important for us to come together as a community and help struggling businesses and individuals out to the best of our abilities. Here are some ways you can help relieve some pressure put on by this crisis.

  • Give Blood – click here to find a blood drive/donation center near you. o The Red Cross has indicated cancellations of blood appointments are at record highs. Encourage others to donate if they are healthy.
  • Local food banks are asking for your assistance.
  • The United Way and other groups have created an online portal for those looking for volunteering opportunities in their community.
  • Help your local small businesses. Grab a meal for take-out or buy gift cards and shop online from local businesses to help them stay afloat during this time of uncertainty.
  • Volunteer to pick up groceries or prescriptions for elderly in your community, or volunteer with a local organization who provides these services (ie: Meals on Wheels).
  • Limit stockpiling, as grocery stores will remain open.