How can I help?
Many people in our region are searching for what they can do for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some ideas.
The Coronavirus is unlike anything this area has ever seen. It has changed the way we work and live. As CVPH continues to lead the response to this unprecedented public health crisis, community support is more crucial than ever. Our heroic health care workers are on the frontlines 24/7 protecting our patients, each other and the region. And anyone reading this can also be a hero. Your generosity can help save lives.
How can I help?
Many of you are already helping save lives by staying at home. We ask that you continue to do that and only venture out when it is absolutely necessary to do so. Practicing social distancing can help “flatten the curve” and prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed.
Here are some other ways you can make a dramatic difference in our fight against COVID-19:
Due to a high demand of essential medical supplies across the country, some items have become difficult to find. This is a list of what our health care workers need the most right now:
- N-95 masks
- Bleach wipes
- Digital thermometers
- Hand sanitizer
- Fabric masks
These items should be new, clean and still in the original packaging. If you are interested in donating any of these supplies, please email us for more information and to arrange for pick up.
Right now, we are running low on several blood types at this time. We provide blood for UVM Health Network health care partners, Elizabethtown Community Hospital and Alice Hyde Medical Center, as well as other hospitals in the region that have not been able to get their full orders from the Red Cross. As COVID-19 spreads, our drives and eligible donors will continue to decrease, making it difficult to keep up with demand. That could impact our patients who need surgery, patients fighting cancer and victims of car accidents and other emergencies.
Healthy people are still able to show up and donate blood, and we are doing everything possible to keep both our staff and our donors safe. If you are going to the Adirondack Regional Blood Center, please call ahead (518-562-7406) to be screened first. You will be asked several questions to make sure you are healthy enough to donate blood. You can also see if there is a wait, as the blood donor center is limiting the number of donors there to no more than 4 at a time. Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to the Coronavirus is urged to stay home, even if they are feeling well.
We’re also asking donors to consider spacing out their donations. The blood product is only good for approximately one month, so if healthy donors come in at the same time, there could be another shortage a month from now. Donors can only donate every 8 weeks, so we want to make sure we have blood throughout the pandemic. To learn more about donating blood, head to the Adirondack Regional Blood Center’s website.
We are heartened to see many social media posts about people in our community making fabric masks at home and wanting to donate them to the hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that fabric masks can be used when supplies are scarce. These types of masks would be for employees who DO NOT give direct patient care but would like an additional barrier of protection while they work. Plans are in place to sterilize these masks and do have multiple uses. In the event that we receive an abundance of homemade masks, we will share with other local organizations.
Details about making and delivering fabric masks for the hospital team:
- Click here for the mask pattern from the CDC
- Click here to download the mask pattern, courtesy of The Turban Project
- Please use tightly woven cotton fabric. Elastic or fabric ties are acceptable
- Completed masks can be brought to one of our drop off points:
- Hulbert Supply, 390 Route 3, Plattsburgh (518) 561-5400
- Or contact the Foundation office at (518) 562-7169
- Please include your name and address so that we can properly thank you for your thoughtfulness
- Collected masks will be immediately sent to laundry and prepared for use
Support and words of encouragement can be an important part of any patient’s recovery. One way children in our region can help cheer on those in our care at the hospital during this pandemic is by writing them a letter.
Young people have a way of communicating that often gets to the heart of the matter. They can help our patients feel less isolated and bring much-needed smiles to their faces. We encourage parents and teachers to work with their children in crafting messages to our patients. They can be emailed to The Foundation of CVPH Event and Special Project Manager Michelle Senecal: email@example.com
Loved ones play a critical role in the recovery process for our patients. Seeing a family member or friend can make a big difference in these difficult times. With visitation suspended, smartphones and other technology can still keep all of us virtually connected.
Unfortunately, some of our patients do not have that technology, and there are a limited number of iPads at the hospital. That’s why the Foundation of CVPH is asking for the public’s help in raising money to acquire more iPads and other forms of technology. The goal is to help patients stay in touch with loved ones, keep occupied during their stay and experience a successful transition home. Click here to donate.
In addition to the causes we’ve already listed on this page, there are many other ways your donations can support patients, our employees and the entire community. Your gift can help make sure patients make a successful transition home after their care at CVPH and avoid being readmitted to the hospital. Funds can also provide critical care items that may or may not be related to COVID-19 and make sure patients receive medications they need. Click here for more information on what your gift goes to and to donate.