Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) – consisting of Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital, Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, and two research institutes – has issued a request to the community to help it maintain supplies of PPE (personal protective equipment).
The agency is asking to be contacted by anyone having PPE supplies – masks, gowns, hand sanitizer, face shields, etc – or who knows of organizations that KHSC can approach to attain them.
Such sources could include dentist offices – now shut down except for emergency procedures and many having overstocked N95 masks, gloves and other supplies before the pandemic reached Canada – along with construction companies, individual contractors, paint shops, and other businesses that may have a number of N95 masks and other PPE supplies.
UPDATE: According to a subsequent Whig Standard article, this is what the hospitals specifically need:
- Masks (N95*, surgical or procedural masks)
- Disposable gloves
- Medical or surgical gowns
- Tyvek suits
- Face shields, visors and safety goggles
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Hand soap (unscented)
- Cleaning supplies
* Expired N95 masks are being accepted to use when trying to fit medical staff masks.
Information about PPE sources in the community can be emailed to Maryanne.takala@3SO.ca.
To help maintain supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), we’re asking the community for help in accessing additional PPE, e.g., masks, gowns, etc. If you have supplies or know of organizations that we can approach, contact Maryanne.takala@3SO.ca. Thank you! #ygk pic.twitter.com/GL5r9uShgP
— KingstonHSC (@KingstonHSC) March 24, 2020
As of this writing, the number of COVID-19 cases in Kingston has risen to 11.