Sandy Springs wins $36K grant for COVID-19 supplies

CORE employees take samples and information from protesters as they drive through the free COVID-19 testing site at the Chosewood Arts Complex Saturday, June 6, 2020. STEVE SCHAEFER FOR THE AJC
CORE employees take samples and information from protesters as they drive through the free COVID-19 testing site at the Chosewood Arts Complex Saturday, June 6, 2020. STEVE SCHAEFER FOR THE AJC

Sandy Springs has been awarded a $36,695 federal grant to purchase personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to safeguard public safety personnel from the COVID-19 virus.

The funds, from the U.S. Justice Department's Coronavirus Enforcement Supplement Funding Grant Program, will go toward such items as respirator masks, mask filters, safety glasses, gloves, disposable medical gowns, multiple electrostatic sprayers, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray and disposable paper masks, according to a city announcement.

“The acceptance of these funds allows the Sandy Springs Police Department to retroactively fund PPE and supplies purchased by the police department since Jan. 20, 2020, and expand those items that are needed to most efficiently continue to serve the public during the pandemic,” the city said.

By following strict sanitary and safety practices, Sandy Springs police have had only one confirmed COVID-19 case among nearly 200 department employees, the city said. Information: https://bit.ly/2USFwwh