As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve, a national shortage of masks, gowns, goggles, and other personal protective equipment is one of the biggest challenges faced by hospitals and healthcare workers in New Jersey and beyond.
Hospitals are in need of supplies to fight the spread of coronavirus. This includes the following:
- N95 masks
- Surgical masks
- Face shields or goggles
- Fluid resistant isolation gowns
- Non-latex (nitrile) gloves
Your donation will help physicians, nurses, and other providers remain healthy, and ready and able to care for patients. Valley Hospital in Ridgewood has established a drop-off site at the Hospital’s main entrance at 223 North Van Dien Avenue in Ridgewood. Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Here is what Valley Hospital also shared in a statement:
“There is no longer any debate — the spread of coronavirus is on pace to overwhelm the U.S. healthcare system by this summer. Social distancing is the most powerful tool we have to change this alarming projection. Please be sure you are fully embracing social distancing and enforcing the practice among all around you. This means avoiding public places and keeping 6 feet between you and others.
I realize that this means making sacrifices, but all of our country’s efforts to ‘flatten the curve’ will fall short if we all don’t fully and immediately embrace the personal sacrifices effective social distancing requires.”
Do you know anyone who can donate these much-needed supplies to their local hospital? Share this story and let’s all do what we can to safely make a difference now.