PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – As supplies continue to dwindle, emergency care doctors are calling on Rhode Islanders to donate personal protective equipment to help keep health care workers safe while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Rhode Island chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, or ACEP, is now accepting donations, which can be dropped in two large bins in the covered parking garage at the Rhode Island Medical Society from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. located at 405 Promenade St. in Providence.
“Please consider making a donation of your person protective equipment to help Rhode Island’s emergency medicine doctors during COVID-19,” wrote Dr. Otis Warren, president of the local trade group that represents the majority of emergency care doctors in the state.
The group is urging Rhode Islanders to check garages, supplies at work and to ask others who might be hording the equipment to help out.
Health care facilities have grappled to maintain an adequate supply of protective equipment, or PPE, to safely protect themselves and others during the response against COVID-19. The disease has infected at least 711 people in Rhode Island and killed 14 as of Friday.
The group is looking specifically for the following items:
- N95 masks
- Face Shields
- Body Suits (Tyvek suits)
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