Coronavirus: Bay Area residents donate medical supplies to hospitals amid COVID-19 crisis

ByCornell Barnard KGO logo
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Bay Area residents donate medical supplies to hospitals amid COVID-19 crisis
Bay Area residents are stepping up to donate masks and gloves to local hospitals in need to properly treat patients infected with COVID-19.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Bay Area residents are helping out during the coronavirus pandemic by donating much needed medical supplies to local hospitals that are running low.

There was a steady stream of people donating medical supplies to UCSF Medical Center Monday on Divisidero, for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Supplies here are okay for now but the future is unclear.

"We had 50 contributors of things like N95 masks, surgical masks and gloves today it's wonderful," said Olivia Hodgkiss from UCSF Medical Center.

Other UCSF locations were also taking donations. Most hospitals in the Bay Area are now accepting donations from the public because some only have enough supplies for next two to three weeks, some nurses have been told to re-use masks, if necessary.

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Anna Barbarinde from Petaluma brought several face masks to a donation site in Santa Rosa.

"Oh anything we can do to help, I have two friends in healthcare, I know it's desperate now, I wish I had more of them," Barbarinde said.

The Salvation Army is collecting donations, acting as a go between with Sonoma County Health Officials.

In a few short hours, dozens of boxes of rubber gloves and plenty of face masks were donated. Organizers ask that all donations be unopened.

"When the fires came we had lots of people wearing masks, now those masks are being repurposed," said Veronica Velez from the Salvation Army.

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"It feels good to do it, I'm fine, I'm safe but my niece is a nurse I want them all to be safe, said Reecy Casamajor from Santa Rosa.

A generous Bay Area stepping up in this time of need.