Rochester thanks residents for support amid coronavirus pandemic

ROCHESTER — The city issued a thank you to residents and business partners Tuesday for their support and partnership during the coronavirus pandemic while also seeking more help.

Donations to the city so far include:

* Dozens of pizzas donated to needy families from Charlie’s Pizza (224 N. Main St.).

* $1,500 worth of cleaning supplies, eye protection, gloves and other supplies donated by Lowes to the Rochester Housing Authority

* Toilet paper donated by Walmart to the assisted elderly living homes at the Rochester Housing Authority

* More than 1,500 gloves and 100 masks donated by the Rochester’s School Districts Career and Technical Education Center

Various community members, churches, city employees and Rochester businesses that have offered their time and resources to assist the city.

“During this difficult time it is amazing to see how much this community supports each other,” City Manager Cox said. “It is a true testament to how strong Rochester is.”

Those wishing to make donations should email saferochester@rochesternh.net.

Police, Fire and EMS Services need help

The Rochester Police and Fire Departments are seeking additional personal protective equipment, including goggles/face shields, ponchos, cover alls, and N95 masks. There is a desperate need for this kind of equipment among first responders and medical facilities. Those interested in making a donation of supplies should call 603-330-7127.

The Rochester Police and Fire Departments are fully staffed and prepared to respond to any emergencies. Officers, firefighters and medics may appear different and may be wearing additional personal protective equipment (PPE) when responding to calls and their interactions with the public will be different, out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of first responders.

If emergency fire or medical services are needed, residents should inform the 911 dispatcher if they or anyone they have been in contact with is experiencing signs and symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus. The dispatcher should also be alerted if individuals or anyone they live with or have come in contact with have been required to self-quarantine.

When requesting police, fire or emergency medical services, when possible, safe and feasible, residents may also be asked to meet first responders outside their homes.

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