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Business Community Request

To: Our Business Community and Supporting Partners

These are unprecedented times. And we are reaching out with an unprecedented ask.

COVID-19 is affecting all of us – our families, our neighbors, our businesses and our organizations.

CentraCare’s Incident Command Team has been working day and night to plan, prepare and manage the impact COVID-19 is having on our communities.

But some things are beyond our control.

You may have heard the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is of concern across the country. That is true. We are in constant collaboration with our medical supply vendors as well as government sources to ensure we will have the right supplies when we need them most.

We would also like to tap into the creativity and the industriousness of our local business owners for a very specific request related to PPEs.

This is our ask:

  • We are currently looking for business partners such as sign companies, tarp companies or other manufacturers who are skilled in textiles or plastic fabrication, who could help create Powered-Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) hoods. PAPRs are essential to protecting staff who may be caring for COVID-19 patients. They provide a high level of respiratory, eye and face protection for health care workers by creating a full coverage barrier that also utilizes a blower to filter air.
  • This document shows photos and specs for PAPR hoods we currently utilize.

If your business or someone you know is interested in partnering with us in manufacturing any or all of the components needed to produce PAPR hoods, please contact us by phone or email:

We thank you for your support as we continue to ensure the safety and health of our community. We are all in this together.