Cape community responds to PPE requests in a big way
The Cape Cod community has responded in a big way to Cape Cod Healthcare’s call for the donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.
“The response has been inspirational, and we are so grateful for each and every donation,” said Michael Lauf, president and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC). “Our community is truly rising to the occasion at this critical time.”
CCHC, working with the Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps has set up five collection sites around the region for various items identified as most in need. Donations have been coming in from each of the five sites.
Hundreds of individuals, as well as many schools, organizations and others are among those who have brought items to the site. Some of the groups that have donated materials, knowledge and other valuable things include:
- Marine Biological Laboratory (donations as well as lab space to help produce testing kits)
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
- Upper Cape Regional Technical High School
- School Systems from Provincetown to Bourne
- Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
- Harbor Freight
- Cape Cod Community College
- International Fund for Wildlife Welfare (IFAW)
- Hyline and the Scudder Family
- Target (sends photos of deliveries each day to see if there is anything useful)
- Robert B. Our Company
- Physician offices across Cape Cod
- Dental offices across Cape Cod
- Hundreds of people who have dropped off gloves, masks, bleach and disinfectants at CCHC facilities in recent days.
Donations are still in need, in order to continue to protect our medical staff.
The items in need, listed in no specific order, are:
- 3M N95 masks
- Elastomeric masks
- Isolation gowns
- Surgical masks
- Nitrile gloves
- Disinfectant wipes
- No-Touch or Forehead Thermometers
This list, including the priority aspect, is being updated regularly.
Many generous Cape Cod residents and others have offered to donate hand-sewn masks. To help ensure the safety of physicians, nurses and staff, unopened or sealed packages of medical-grade masks in all sizes are preferred. Hand-sewn masks will be accepted at donation locations. Masks should be boxed or sealed in plastic.
Cape Cod Healthcare Chief Quality Officer Kevin Mulroy, DO said that while the hand-sewn masks will not be used for workers on the front line of COVID-19 care, there are other areas within the healthcare system where they will be used.
Donations can be made at the following locations:
For more location information, please visit https://www.capecodhealth.org/locations/.