ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7)-- Doctors at Carilion Clinic are asking you to help supply them with protective gear because supplies are hard to come by.
Carilion will be set up at various locations this week, including the Tanglewood mall, accepting donations. Tuesday, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity dropped off donations at a big white van in front of the future Carilion Children's' hospital in the old J.C. Penney.
Carilion is looking for gear like face masks, gloves, protective eye-wear and gowns - some of which they've received already from the dental community, after it was recommended those offices close for now.
"They were the first ones that stepped up and said how can we help, and you know we've got all this PPE sitting in our offices, we're not using it so they've donated that," said Dr. Michael Nussbaum, Senior VP & Chair of Surgery, Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech Carilion. "Lots of people in the community have these supplies, they don't need them all and it's, every little bit helps right now."
Dr. Nussbaum anticipates the need for these items will only increase.
Right now they're not accepting homemade masks, but Carilion is looking into ways in which they could use them in the future.
Carilion Clinic is asking for the following items:
-Surgical masks with shield
-Nasal swabs for medical use
-N95 respirators and N95 filters
-Other respirators (P100's, PAPR's, and PAPR supplies/parts)
-Hand sanitizer, greater than 60 percent alcohol
-Disposable shoe covers
Drop-off locations and hours are:
Franklin County High School
700 Tanyard Road
Rocky Mount, VA
Opens at noon on Tuesday, March 24
Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 – Saturday, March 28
Goodwill Store and Donation Center
186 Boxwood Lane
Open 8 a.m – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24
Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 – Friday, March 27
Washington and Lee University Pavilion
159 West Denny Circle
Opens at 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24
New River Valley:
Radford University David E. Armstrong Complex Parking Lot E
501 Stockton Street
Dates and times TBD
Tanglewood Mall parking lot in front of former J.C. Penney
4420-A Electric Road
Dates and times TBD
Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office
140 School Street, #3
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 – Friday, March 27
Public questions about donations may be directed via email to PPE_Donations@carilionclinic.org. We will update as we get additional information on dates and times for specific locations.
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