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The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has sent more than 2,600 N95 respirator masks to two state assisted-care living facilities to help out during the COVID 19 pandemic. 

1,440 masks were delivered to the Arizona State Veteran Home in Phoenix and 1,200 masks to the Arizona Pioneers’ Home in Prescott after requests from the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

“We knew there was a shortage in the medical community, so we made these available to the other state agencies that had a more critical need,” said Sonya Herrera, director of ADOT’s administrative services division.

“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of the Arizona Pioneers’ Home for your donation of masks,” Director of Nursing Jamie Suffriti said in a note to ADOT. “I am beyond grateful over the support ADOT has provided us. You are helping to save lives and keep the staff and our residents safe. I am, and will always be, grateful.”

The personal protective equipment was purchased by ADOT during a previous viral outbreak but was never used, so when ADOT realized the current dire need for the equipment, they took inventory and reallocated the masks where needed. 

“We truly appreciate ADOT’s quick response to our need for more N95 masks,” Arizona State Veteran Home Administrator Kimberly Trotta said. “Through this critical time, we are encouraged by the kindness shown to us as we continue to care for our veterans.”

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