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Elko Mining Group is donating 2,500 gallons of hand sanitizer to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
Spokesman Tim Crowley said Elko Mining is developing seven different mining projects in rural Nevada. But he said they teamed up with an independent whiskey distillery in Kentucky that made the sanitizer for them.
That is just one of the
latest of many donations the state has received to help get through the
Crowley said the sanitizer was
shipped in bulk to Nevada, where inmates in the prison industries program can
rebottle it into consumer-sized containers so it can be distributed to
healthcare providers and first responders.
Crowley said the company is
also contributing $250,000 to several causes dealing with the pandemic
including food banks, homeless shelters, healthcare workers and a small PPE
mask manufacturer in Sparks.
Jeff Haag of the Health and
Human Services Department said donations are coming in from all sides.
“It’s really been remarkable
to see Nevadans and companies who do business in Nevada pull together,” he said.
But Crowley said Haag
deserves a lot of credit too since he’s helping manage the flow of donations.
Haag said the casino industry
has provided, “a tremendous amount of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and
food items to help a broad section of Nevadans.”
Major donations began shortly
after the casinos were shut down as operators began turning large amounts of
food they could no longer sell over to senior centers, food banks, homeless
kitchens and other operations helping those out of work or homeless.
In addition, Haag said
numerous businesses were making monetary donations to the state to pay for PPEs
and other needed equipment such as ventilators.
The COVID-19 task force has
received some 30,000 face shields from Fusion Face Shields, 50,000 safety
glasses from Nevada Gold, 79,000 pairs of gloves from LED Connection and 50,000
goggles from LED Connection as well as 537 cases of hand sanitizer from NV
Energy and Damon Industries.
Haag also gave credit to
Prison Industries where inmates are making face masks, gowns and other
And there’s the collaboration
between UNR and UNLV as well as the Carson City Library where 3-D printers are
being used to make the nasal swabs necessary for testing people to see if they
have the virus.
Haag said Paradise Valley out
of Winnemucca is offering to make face shields for the state since they’re not
available on the open market. The task force and Governor’s Office of Economic
Development are working to coordinate large and small dollar donations and Haag
said GOED is organizing volunteers to make sure those donations go to the
places where they’re most needed such as your local doctor.
Major monetary donations have
come from Bank of America, Southwest Gas, U.S. Bank, Southern Nevada Home Builders
Association, Howard Hughes Corp., the Nevada Franchise Auto Dealers and the Car
and Truck dealers association as well as Phillip Peckman on behalf of Thrive
Cannabis and Terry Miller on behalf of Miller Project Management.
Those wishing to donate or to
volunteer can do so at www.nvc19.org.