Government of Taiwan Donates 5,000 Face Masks to Brevard County First Responders
By Space Coast Daily // June 16, 2020
Brevard County Commission Chair Bryan Lober receives masks from David Chien
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The government of Taiwan provided a significant boost to Brevard County’s coronavirus response efforts on Tuesday with a donation of 5,000 triple-layer medical-grade masks.
The donation was presented at the Government Center in Viera to Brevard County Commission Chair Bryan A. Lober and Brevard County Public Safety Director Matt Wallace by representatives from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Miami.
“We have a close relationship with the United States and Brevard County, which is where one of our satellites launched last June,” said Sara Chen, TECO Director. TECO is a representative office for the Republic of Taiwan in Florida.
“We’re hoping we can do something to help your local government to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said David Chien, Director General of TECO, who presented the masks – all stamped “Made in Taiwan” – to Lober and Wallace in a presentation in the Brevard County Manager’s Office.
TECO has made similar donations in Miami-Dade, Broward and Orange counties, Chien said.
“It’s excellent timing with what’s happening right now,” said Lober, who said the county and state were seeing an upward trend in the number of positive COVID-19 cases being reported by the Florida Department of Health.
Wallace said the County has 500 firefighters and emergency medical technicians who are part of the County’s COVID-19 response. They use up Personal Protection Equipment very quickly, he said.
“These masks will be distributed and utilized on the streets,” he said. “These will make a positive difference for the citizens of Brevard County.”
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