Local hospitals are seeking items for their staff in light of equipment shortages during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Hurley is accepting:
Disposable face masks
Eye protection (face shields and safety goggles)
Disposable gloves (non-latex)
Bleach or anti-microbial wipes
Hurley is NOT currently accepting these items:
Home sewn masks
3-D-printed ventilator parts
Other medical equipment
The drop off location and times may change per day. On Tuesday, March 24, it was 1 to 3 p.m. at Hurley West Flint Campus Parking Lot, 1085 Linden Road, Flint.
Contact Hurley Director of Volunteer Services and Programming, Jordan Brown at JBrown6@hurleymc.com for other drop off arrangements.
Check the Facebook page for more up-to-date information.
The Local 875 registered nurses union are seeking N95 or N99 masks, isolation gowns, gloves, nursing boot covers, head covers and hand sanitizer, said Union President Kelly Indish. She said they also accept cloth masks to use in conjunction with N95 masks.
Items can be donated at the union office next to McLaren Flint at 3738 Beecher Rd., Flint from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., or call Indish at (810) 423-2131.
She thinks the shortage has sprung from local facilities not being prepared for such an emergency. Regarding the nurses, “They’re okay. It is overwhelming,” she said, adding that they’re having a hard time getting tests back in a timely manner. She credits nurses with being prepared and handling the crisis professionally.
Ascension Genesys in Grand Blanc Township
As of Tuesday, March 24, there is no drop-off event or easily available donation list for Ascension Genesys, though some individuals have through personal contacts, taken donations to the hospital.