Thank you for your interest in helping Sparta Community Hospital get much needed personal protective equipment and other supplies to our team members during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Last week, the CDC announced that they are now recommending that people wear a cloth face mask, when individuals are in the community. This is in light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country. The recommendation is meant to protect people around you if you are infected, but do not have symptoms.
With that being said, we know that many people are now scrambling to find a face mask. As there are many awesome folks in the community making face masks, Sparta Community Hospital is offering to be a collection and distribution spot for masks. A box will be set-up at the Hospital screening desk for donors to place masks. Community members are invited to take a mask from the box. Sparta Community Hospital strongly encourages individuals to wash their donated mask before wearing it.
Please understand that although the CDC is recommended the use of cloth masks, that this does not mean community members should be relaxed in other preventative actions. The CDC still recommends that you stay at least 6 feet away from other people (social distancing), frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions. Remember, a cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms. (CDC DIY Cloth Mask Instructions)
Employees at Sparta Community Hospital are still doing everything we can to extend the life of our current PPE, and will not be resorting to cloth face masks for patient care. As surgical masks and N95 respirators are in short supply across the country, please consider donating any you may have at home.
We are currently accepting donations of the following:
- Eye Protection:
- Face Shields
If you have items you would like to donate, please contact Materials Management at 618-443-1440.