ROCK SPRINGS — Business, industry and individuals have recently made generous donations to the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.
Masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations were given to the hospital, Deb Sutton, Sweetwater Memorial Public Information Officer, said.
PPEs needed: In anticipation of an increase in COVID-19 Coronavirus patients, Sweetwater Memorial is accepting donations of PPE, including packages and boxes of N95 masks, Level 2 and Level 3 surgical masks, impervious isolation gowns, and hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Hand sanitizer must be in unused, unopened bottles.
For more information on how to donate PPE, contact the Sweetwater Memorial Materials Management Department at 307-352-8487.
Cloth masks/gowns: Many in the community are sewing masks and gowns for Sweetwater Memorial providers to use in a worst-case scenario. The hospital is accepting these donations, including long-sleeved, washable gowns.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “use of homemade masks, including bandanas and scarves, for care of patients with COVID-19 is a last resort.”
Medical institutions including Stanford Medicine report if surgical masks and other filters are not available, masks made of cotton or a cotton blend may be more effective than other types of material, particularly if used with some type of face shield. For information on how to donate, contact Janae Gale, Community Outreach and Volunteer Services Director, at 307-352-8418.
Childcare: With school no longer in session and daycares closed, Sweetwater Memorial staff are in need of childcare options. Those willing to watch the children of medical and necessary personnel can call Amber Fisk, Sweetwater Memorial Human Resources Director, at 307-352-8160.
Meals & Snacks: Meal donations must arrive from restaurants in pre-wrapped, individual servings, such as individually wrapped sandwiches, boxed individual pizzas and individually bagged takeout meals.
Store-bought prepackaged treats such as chips, breakfast bars and other snacks also are welcome.
For details or to arrange a donation, contact Gale at 307-352-8418.