Update 3/24/2020: Hurley will extend its donation period to 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 2.
FLINT, Michigan—Tomorrow, Hurley Medical Center is taking a second round of donations for the hospital supplies needed to protect healthcare workers from Covid-19 exposure.
Hospitals around the state—and around the country—are feeling unprepared and are reporting the rapid depletion of necessary medical supplies to sustain the growing number of critical cases for Covid-19. Some healthcare workers are creating their own solutions with homemade face masks and face shields to compensate for the lack of supplies.
Michigan’s number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus is over 1,300 with 23 of those cases in Genesee County. With a state-mandated, 3-week long "Stay at Home" order announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer earlier today, the hope is that the number of critical cases won’t grow to the point of overwhelming local hospitals.
But many hospitals like Hurley Medical Center are also beginning to accept donations for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to bolster their medical supply stockpile. N95 masks, disposable face masks, face shields, safety goggles, disposable gowns, (non-latex) disposable gloves, and anti-microbial wipes are the requested PPE’s. Donations will not only increase supplies but lessen the likelihood that healthcare workers will have to reuse their masks, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, should be a limited occurrence.
Hurley is not accepting home-sewn masks, 3D printed ventilator parts, medications or any other additional medical equipment than those previously listed.
Donations will be accepted from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the Hurley West Flint Campus Parking Lot on 1085 Linden Road.
Their previous donation drive was held Monday, March 23.
For those who wish to donate their dollars directly, donations can be made at hurleyfoundation.org/donate.