The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is currently evaluating devices that can eliminate viruses, bacteria, mold and other pathogens from air and surfaces, simultaneously. The devices could be stand alone or wall mounted, utilize a standard outlet for power, and would come with two years of supplies that may be needed to run the device.
If grant funding is approved for distribution of devices, DOH would purchase and distribute them free of charge to libraries, non-profit entities, child care, and perhaps businesses and other facilities throughout the Commonwealth to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, flu, and other diseases. If your library location is interested in receiving a no-cost to you device that could greatly reduce viruses, bacteria, mold and other pathogens in your facility, please complete this interest application.
The application is being used to gauge interest in receiving a device, and those who complete the application are not guaranteed to receive one. However, the application must be accurately completed before September 30, 2023 in order to be considered if funding becomes available. After funding and devices are secured, DOH will reach out to the organizations selected to receive devices to confirm delivery details and provide an approval notice. Devices will be awarded based on the amount of funding available and on a first come, first served basis. DOH will also consider factors such as foot traffic versus square footage, and COVID-19 risk in the community where the organization is located, prioritizing underserved communities.
If you are interested in getting a device (or multiple devices) for your public library facility, please complete this short application to be considered. Reporting requirements will be minimal.
Here at OCL, we are thankful for interagency collaborations and projects like this that can benefit the people of Pennsylvania through our community anchor institutions.