Oneida County, in coordination with Mohawk Valley EDGE, is advancing an effort to assist employers that are required by the State of New York to provide their employees with personal protection equipment (PPE), specifically masks, by forming a buying consortium.
Oneida County was able to secure an additional 30,000 masks available immediately. We are asking businesses to only purchase what is immediately needed, but have updated the max purchase quantity to 1,000 masks. If you need to place an order for larger quantities please let me know. EDGE will keep everyone up-to-date on when third orders can be placed. The last batch of 30,000 masks was sold in less than 24 hours, if you are thinking about ordering, please place your order immediately. These are first come, first served.
Masks purchased will be distributed by Oneida County on Thursday, May 14 from 8am – 4pm at Oneida County Department of Emergency Services (120 Base Road, Oriskany). Please bring your order confirmation with you to pick up, it will expedite the process.
If you are a not-for-profit, please email your tax exempt certificate to email@example.com (or reply to this email) before placing your order. Once the form is received, we will add you as a tax-exempt customer and you will not be charged sales tax. If your organization is already set up in the system from your first order, use the same email you used previously, you do not need to send the form again.
“For all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law. This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.”
Individual employers would be responsible for the costs of the PPE, but through forming a buying consortium, our goal is to access the lowest per-unit cost available in the marketplace.