Mercy Medical Center is grateful to all individuals and organizations willing to help our caregivers, patients and community during the COVID-19 crisis. With the expected surge in coronavirus-related cases, we are taking critical steps to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all those we serve.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
What You Need to Know about COVID-19
We recommend the following trusted resources for the latest news and information about COVID-19:
- Mercy Medical Center: https://www.cantonmercy.org/coronavirus/
- Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html