Assessor Carmen Chu’s Statement on Mask Donations to Frontline Workers and Hospitals
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ASSESSOR CARMEN CHU’S STATEMENT ON MASK DONATIONS TO FRONTLINE WORKERS AND HOSPITALS
SAN FRANCISCO, CA --- There is a global shortage of masks, personal protective equipment, ventilators, and testing materials like swabs and vials as countries fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The shortage is especially problematic for first responders and frontline doctors and nurses who must either reuse surgical masks or to make their own alternatives. Some Bay Area companies, including Flexport, Salesforce and Facebook, have donated stocks of masks and other supplies to local governments for distribution to frontline workers. In addition to the City, Bay Area hospitals are also accepting donations from manufacturers, companies and the public.
“I want to thank all the private citizens and companies who have donated their supplies and resources to this fight. Your donations make a real difference for those who risk their own health to serve on the frontline. Please keep dropping off masks and other protective equipment to replenish supplies. This public health challenge is far from over.”
If you have extra supplies that are unused, here is where you can drop them off:
• City and County of San Francisco: If you are able to make a bulk donation of in-kind goods such as masks, gowns, gloves, sanitizer, and Tyvek coveralls, please fill out a form found on this webpage: https://sf.gov/give-city-respond-covid-19
• Chinese Hospital: The San Francisco hospital and six associated clinics are accepting sealed boxes of N95 masks, PAPR hoods, surgical masks, procedure masks, isolation gowns, paper masks (with ties or elastic), protective gowns, protective glasses and goggles. Donations can be mailed to 845 Jackson St., San Francisco, Calif. 94133. To make arrangements to deliver items in person at 835 Pacific Ave., call 415-677-2470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A staff member can come out to accept your donation.
• Kaiser Permanente: The HMO’s San Francisco Medical Center is accepting unused goggles (non-vented), face shields, hand sanitizer, masks (N95 respirator, surgical and isolation), isolation or surgical gowns, and Clorox or Sani-Cloth wipes. Donations can be mailed to: Kaiser Permanente, Attention: Hospital Command Center, 2130 O’Farrell St., San Francisco Calif. 94115. Items can also be dropped off at the loading dock at 2130 O’Farrell St., San Francisco, Mon.-Fri. from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you are dropping off donations at the loading dock, call (415) 833-2593 and a staff member will come out to accept your donation. If you have a large amount of goods to donate or need to make arrangements after the loading dock closes at 2:30 p.m., contact the hospital operator at (415) 833-2000. The operator will get your contact information and you will be contacted within 24 hours to schedule a delivery.
• Noe Valley Pediatrics: Donate anytime between 8:45 am to 5:30pm, 3700 24th Street, San Francisco, 94114. Items in an open box are acceptable as long as items are unused. Email email@example.com for more information.
• San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center: Email Joshua Shak at Shak@ucsf.edu for drop off instructions.
• Sutter Health: Sutter Health is accepting N95 masks, PAPR hoods, surgical masks, procedure masks, isolation gowns, paper masks (with ties or elastic), paper protective gowns, protective glasses and goggles, industrial face shields and painters’ smocks. To make a donation, contact local Sutter affiliates or call 844-987-6099. A Sutter representative will provide specific guidance on how to make a delivery. For large local donations, a courier service can be arranged.
• UCSF: The Bay Area hospital system will start accepting public donations Monday, March 23, at 8 a.m. at the following locations, which will be open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
UCSF Mount Zion Medical Center, 1600 Divisadero St., San Francisco, semicircle driveway
UCSF Mission Center Building, 1855 Folsom St., San Francisco, entrance in the parking lot on Harrison at 15th Avenue. UCSF asks that people only donate supplies on its list, as its storage area is limited. Those items are:
• Unused N95 respirators and surgical masks (they can be opened, as long as they have not been used)
• Unopened packages of disposable gloves
• Unopened containers of hand sanitizer
• Unopened containers of disinfectants and disinfecting wipes
• Packaged, unused protective goggles.