Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. Courtesy photo

FARMINGTON — Tired of trying to get through federal and state channels to get personal protection gear for medical staff at the jail, Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. took to Facebook  on Monday to see if anyone could help him find a dozen each of face shields and universal gowns.

Within minutes people were suggesting places to try and one person contacted him to tell him they had about 100 N95 masks. They have expired but will still work, Nichols said. He was on his way to get them Monday morning.

It was an immediate response, he said, a better response than he was getting through federal and state channels.

The items needed are for the nurses he hires from a medical company to treat inmates at the Franklin County Detention Center. They are not county employees.

Nichols said he is trying to get the personal protection equipment to use in case an infected prisoner is brought in.

No one in custody has COVID-19, he said.

Corrections officers and other jail staff are being hyperviligant as they go about their jobs, and there are strict guidelines regarding prisoners coming into the jail, he said. Law enforcement is being very cooperative, he said.

Anyone who has or knows of equipment the sheriff can get it is asked to call 207-778-2680, choose option two on the voicemail. Nichols’ extension is 1. He said he will pay for the items.

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