To bolster supplies of face masks at the Great Plains Health medical center, officials are asking agricultural and construction industries with an excess supply of unsoiled industrial masks, N95 masks or goggles to consider donating them.
“Right now, we have what we need to take care of patients coming to our facility for care,” Chief Executive Officer Mel McNea said. “However, we want to help ensure that this is the case going forward.”
Extra masks can be dropped off just inside the GPH main entrance at 601 W. Leota St.
Health officials fear that there could be a national shortage of masks, although millions more are expected to be available soon. President Donald Trump urges hospitals and state health departments to round up what they can find.
Also, GPH has added a few restrictions to visitors, spokeswoman Megan McGown said Saturday.
Whenever possible, patients should come to the hospital or clinics alone.
Visitors are now prohibited except under exceptional circumstances. Deference will be given to symptom-free visitors who are visiting patients in the labor and delivery or emergency departments, or experiencing intensive or end-of-life care, McGown said.
The GPH gift shop, coffee shop, cafeteria and valet service are closed.
McNea urged the community to follow the CDC’s distancing recommendations and stay six feet from others, and thanked the public for doing so.
“We also want to ensure the public that we are taking all necessary precautions to keep our patients and health care workers safe,” he said.