As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, medical systems are facing a shortage of protective equipment, including face masks. Businesses in certain sectors that also use masks — such as construction — are heeding the call by donating much-needed supplies to hospitals and health care systems.
Face masks, such as N95 respirators, are frequently used at construction sites to filter out particles in the air. Earlier this month, Vice President Mike Pence called for construction companies to donate their supply of N95 face masks to local hospitals and to stop ordering additional masks.
North Carolina construction, painting, landscaping, HVAC and manufacturing companies can utilize the list below as a resource for donating masks, gloves, goggles, face shields and other equipment.
Where: Charlotte, Triad
Novant Health is accepting critical medical supplies include masks, eye shields and disinfectants. Any vendor or supplier interested in making a donation should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Charlotte area
Contact via email (email@example.com) to donate supplies.
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Where: Triad area
Where: Greensboro area
Cone Health is accepting donations of supplies to help protect patients and staff. Interested donors can use this donation inquiry form: https://www.conehealth.com/wellness/covid-19-information/covid-19-donation-inquiry/
Contact to donate new, unopened supplies that may be useful in the response effort. You will be contacted within 24-48 hours regarding the items and the process for making the donation.
Financial donations can be made here.
Where: Triangle, Rocky Mount
UNC Health's most urgent needs include N95 masks, surgical masks, surgical masks with shields and nasal swabs for medical use. More information can be found at https://www.unchealthcare.org/coronavirus/ways-to-help/
Duke Health is accepting N95 masks, surgical and looped masks, sealed or unopened boxes of gloves and eye protection such as face shields. More information can be found at https://www.dukehealth.org/covid-19-update/how-you-can-help-during-covid-19
American red cross
Lastly, the American Red Cross is in a severe blood shortage due to blood drive cancellations and people staying home. Encourage your team and network to sign up to donate at www.redcross.org.