As employers reopen across Kent County, personal protective equipment (PPE) will be a critical component in helping to protect employees, visitors, clients and customers from the spread of COVID-19. This program will provide PPE to qualifying small businesses and other employers, at no cost, to assist in reopening their operations. Available PPE includes eye and face protection, gloves, hand sanitizer and thermometers. The Board of Commissioners has allocated $2 million of the County’s CARES Act funding to launch this program.

To qualify, employers must be located in Kent County and must employ 100 people or fewer.

Qualifying employers may begin placing PPE requests on Tuesday, June 2. All qualifying requests received by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 will be entered into a random selection process. The first-round lottery selection will take place on Friday, June 5, and we will begin filling requests on that date.

Employers can place requests online starting today, or they may call our fulfillment company partner at (616) 245-3636 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning tomorrow, June 2. If the line is busy, the caller may leave a message with their contact information, and a representative will return the call to take the request. Calls are taken either in English or Spanish.