ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Sheriff Armando Fontoura, coordinator of the Essex County Office of Emergency Management, expressed his gratitude to Seton Hall University; their collaborative partner, the Viagold International Education Management Group; and Gary DeRogartis, president and CEO of Atlantic Uniform, police outfitters with businesses in Newark and Belleville, for their donations of personal protective gear to his department.
“Our public sector–private sector partnership with these two generous and civic minded institutions has resulted in our acquisition of more than 50,000 vital face masks, which will be distributed to Essex County first responders who are now on the dangerous front line in mitigating the potentially deadly impact of coronavirus on a daily basis,” Fontoura said. “Seton Hall, Viagold and Atlantic Uniform have proved their magnanimity, unselfishness and community spirit in helping us save the lives of our neighbors.”
The Essex County toll of COVID-19 has reached more than 14,000 confirmed cases and more than 1,000 deaths.
“On behalf of our neighbors, I personally thank Seton Hall, Viagold and Atlantic Uniform for their dedication, compassion and leadership,” Fontoura said. “I urge all of our neighbors to continue following public health guidelines and to maintain safe social distancing standards, the wearing of face coverings or masks when out in public and the frequent washing of hands. By working together, we shall overcome this scourge.”