A Plea For PPE In Bend

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From The Source Weekly

As a global pandemic rages on, its myriad effects—beyond more cases of COVID-19—are being felt right here at home. One of those effects: The global shortage of personal protective equipment used by health care workers, first responders and more. Here in Central Oregon, it has the local hospital system very concerned.

Thursday evening, St. Charles Health System put out a call, asking the public to donate certain types of personal protective equipment, often called PPE, they may have on hand. That includes preferably full, clean boxes of: FULL ARTICLE and DROP OFF LOCATIONS and DATES HERE. 

-N95 masks
-NIOSH-approved respirators, including: N95, N99, N100 P95, P99, P100 R95, R99, R10
-Any type of surgical mask, including pediatric ear loop masks
-Isolation gowns
-Nitrile exam gloves
-Hand sanitizer (any brand is fine, but cannot have glitter)
-Rubbing alcohol
-Pure aloe vera gel
-Lactated ringers
-Medical face shields

Friday, March 20

Bend area From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.:

Ensworth Elementary School, 2150 NE Dagget Lane
Sky View Middle School, 63555 18th St.
Bend Senior High School, 230 NE 6th St.
Elk Meadow Elementary School, 60880 Brookswood Blvd.

-La Pine area From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m

La Pine High School, 51633 Coach Road

-Prineville area From noon to 1 p.m.

Crook County School District, Pioneer South, 641 E First St.

-Redmond area From 10 a.m. to noon

Redmond Fire Station, 341 NW Dogwood Ave.

-Sisters area From 8 to 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to noon

Sisters Elementary School, 611 E. Cascade Ave.

While the number of reported cases remains at six in Deschutes County Thursday, the need for PPE extends beyond those treating patients with COVID-19. “Hospitals around the country are facing critical shortages of such supplies due to COVID-19 pandemic-related interruptions in manufacturing and distribution as well as a dramatic increase in global demand. As a result, St. Charles is actively working to both conserve and to acquire more protective equipment for its caregivers and patients.” -St. Charles Health System statement, 3/19