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The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS), within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, has donated key medical supplies to a Frankfort hospital to assist in the commonwealth’s ongoing battle against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Gov. Andy Beshear has called on Kentuckians to donate medical supplies to ensure that the state has the resources to protect first responders and health care workers as Kentucky continues to take aggressive actions to defeat the virus.

“Across the commonwealth, Kentuckians are modeling the Team Kentucky example by uniting together to show support for our first responders and health care workers,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry. “I am extremely proud that the Kentucky Historical Society is able to join this united effort and has the capacity to donate these critical medical supplies to the Frankfort community in its COVID-19 response.”

The Kentucky Historical Society answered the Governor’s patriotic call to Kentuckians and donated medical supplies to help the Frankfort community prepare for a surge in COVID-19 cases. KHS donated 28 boxes of nitrile and vinyl gloves, 30 N95 respirators and 27 dust masks to the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

“Although we are closed to onsite visitors at this time, the staff at KHS wanted to do our part to support health care workers in this community during the novel COVID-19 crisis,” said KHS Executive Director Scott Alvey.

Gloves and masks play an important role in the museum field. In order to protect artifacts from oils that exist on everyone’s hands, curators wear gloves while handling objects. N95 masks protect curators, archivists and other museum professionals who may encounter particulates, like dust and molds, or toxic substances such as asbestos.

For more information about Kentucky’s fight against COVID-19, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society, visit history.ky.gov