Deborah Kindley and Jerry Freitas

Deborah Kindley, left, from the State Council on Developmental Disabilities and Jerry Freitas from Redwood Coast Regional Center deliver PPE supplies to Redwood Coast Regional Center in Crescent City. 

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Last month, more than 350 organizations joined the State Council on Developmental Disabilities in urging that personal protective equipment be available to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The council asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to make PPE available for workers who give in-person services to people with disabilities through either in-home supportive services or regional centers. 

Recently Deborah Kindley of the council met with Jerry Freitas of Redwood Coast Regional Center to deliver supplies to the center in Crescent City. 

According to a press release from the council, regional centers and in-home service providers now can get PPE by requesting it. They no longer must be taking care of someone with a positive COVID-19 test result or symptoms to get this critical protection. 

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