Although the Coronavirus Task Force has sent a shipment of medical supplies to Washington, Seattle healthcare workers on the front lines are still facing shortages of N-95 masks.
According to Julianne Dalcanton, an astrophysicist at the University of Washington, local Seattle hospitals are rapidly running out of respirator masks.
As a response to the shortage, Dalcanton and other volunteers of the Seattle Mask Brigade have been delivering collected N-95 masks to various Seattle hospitals and on Tuesday, they donated 2,000 masks to the Swedish Cherry Hill Campus.
@dalcantonJD Thank you to the Mask Brigade for donating 2000 N95 masks to the staff at Swedish Cherry Hill to keep us safe while caring for our patients! We truly appreciate and are humbled by your support during this crisis!
— Oliver Small, MD (@osmallmd) March 24, 2020
The volunteer group is asking Seattleites to look through their houses and gather any N-95 masks they may have lying around. These masks are typically used for painting projects, blocking smoke inhalation, or for emergency kits.
If you happen to find a mask, input your information into their Google form and leave your supplies in a bag outside of your door.
The team will pick up the masks and donate them to hospitals in need. Volunteers are currently accepting both used and new masks and will refine the request if they receive new information from hospitals.
Those willing to collect masks and deliver them to local hospitals can fill out this Google form.
Along with donating masks, the group “mostly needs everyone to share the link to the website as much as possible, and to relentlessly advocate with their friends and community to part with some of their emergency kits,” said Dalcanton to Daily Hive.
“Commenting on any Facebook post decrying the lack of masks with ‘here’s a way you can help — they’re not scammers or insane.'”