Ways You Can Help During COVID-19 Pandemic
Sewing and Donating Masks
We are seeking talented individuals who can sew homemade masks for our caregivers. Under normal circumstances, a fabric mask is not recommended for clinical use. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are adjusting in accordance with CDC guidelines. At this time, these fabric masks will not be used by health care team members caring for COVID-19 positive patients, but your donated masks help reduce the spread of droplets that can spread coronavirus.
HOW TO MAKE MASKS
A fellow member of The Catholic Health Association of the United States, Seattle-based Providence launched the 100 Million Masks Challenge, and is sharing the following how-to resources:
- A video tutorial
- Pattern for community mask
- Instructions for community mask
- How to maintain a safe environment while making masks
WHERE TO DELIVER YOUR DONATED MASKS
- Collection of donated masks is being coordinated by the Mercy Quality Management team. To schedule your drop off, please email email@example.com and our team will connect with you.
Additionally, in response to the COVID-19 challenges, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA), Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), Ohio Manufacturing Extension Program (Ohio MEP), nursing homes and JobsOhio have joined forces through the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19. This collaborative effort will engage manufacturers to see which companies have interest in repurposing their manufacturing operations to produce some of the most in-demand products in the fight against COVID-19, especially products for the health care industry.
While regular distribution channels ramp up, you can help by providing the above community masks or making a financial donation to support our COVID-19 response, which includes obtaining and producing protective gear for clinicians.
Making a Monetary Gift Online
Contributions from donors ensure we can continue to provide the highest quality care to you, your family and our community during this unprecedented time. Thank you for your support.
We appreciate the community’s interest in helping our front-line caregivers by donating supplies. Items most in need include:
- Masks: Surgical masks and N95 masks
- Eye protection: Safety goggles or, preferably, face shields
- Hand sanitizer: Must be at least 70 percent alcohol
- Disinfecting wipes/cleaners: Clorox and Lysol wipes are acceptable. Any other cleaners must be on the COVID-19 approved list generated by the EPA.
- Gloves: Unopened boxes of non-latex gloves
To coordinate supply drop-offs, please contact the Mercy Supply Chain department at 330-489-1134.
Other Donations for Health Care Providers
We are deeply touched by the outpouring of concern for our nurses, doctors, and other frontline caregivers. Here are some additional ways you can support them:
Snacks and Food
If you wish to donate food, we can accept non-perishable, individually packaged items, such as chips, cookies, crackers, granola bars, and protein bars. These types of items can easily be shared among all of our nursing units.
Share a Message on Social Media
Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with throw-away tissues.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
- Stay home. If you must go out, keep six feet of distance between yourself and other people.
Follow All Social / Physical Distancing Directives
We know social distancing works. This will keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients, so that those who are sick can be treated competently and compassionately. It will also give researchers time to work on developing vaccines and medications that could reduce the severity of the virus and save lives.
Stay Connected With Friends and Family
Mercy recognizes interacting with family and friends can be helpful to the healing process, as well as for dealing with the stress associated with this pandemic. We strongly encourage everyone to use other forms of support for their loved ones, such as phone calls and video chats on cell phones or other mobile devices.
If You Are Healthy, Donate Blood
Mercy is encouraging healthy adults to roll up their sleeves to support this local need.
The American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio and Vitalant (formerly LifeShare Community Blood Services) are the only two blood banks in Northeast Ohio, so they are primary suppliers of transfusable blood for many local hospitals, including Mercy. These local blood banks rely heavily on blood donations received at high school, college and large business drive events.
These drives have been cancelled due to the recent COVID-19-related school closings and employees working from home. To arrange a donation appointment, visit www.vitalant.org or call their Canton location at 330-489-1076. For a list of upcoming Red Cross blood drives in Stark County, visit www.redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. If you are a healthy adult, we encourage you to contact one of the above blood banks to donate today!
Together We All Face Challenges and Uncertainty
Our daily lives have changed due to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
We at Mercy Medical Center want our communities to know this is a road we will walk together with you throughout the months ahead. Thank you for all the ways you have supported and encouraged our staff and employees during this time. See the recent social media posts.
At Mercy, We Remain Dedicated to Our Mission
For more than a century, Mercy has been dedicated to excellence and devoted to healing. We are committed to being the best because our community depends on us. Staying true to our mission of providing quality and compassionate care means we will continue to invest in state-of-the-art technology and services, while our health care team cares for body, mind and spirit of those we serve throughout this crisis and for the next 100 years.