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Kaleida Health: Residents should stay home; seeks donations of masks

Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:15 pm
(Credit: Joe Cascio/Kaleida Health).
(Credit: Joe Cascio/Kaleida Health).

Kaleida Health today released the following updates and reminders regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:

•STAY HOME MESSAGE: Thousands of their doctors, nurses, ancillary and support staffs are working tirelessly to care for patients. Their efforts are nothing short of heroic. As they know better than anyone, flattening the curve is crucial to managing hospital surge.

In an effort to reinforce the message of staying home, social distancing, and only participating in small gatherings, Jody L. Lomeo, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, recorded a TV and radio commercial yesterday that began airing this morning.

The community’s support of these recommendations is vital to their staff’s ability to manage patient care and Kaleida Health is committed to doing everything possible to help reinforce this messaging.

Kaleida Health thanks their dedicated staff for all they are doing during this time and thanks the community for abiding by these guidelines.

•HOSPITALS IN NEED OF MASKS: Hospitals in Western New York are competing nationally and internationally for resources. Kaleida Health is asking for the community’s help in protecting staff in the coming weeks by donating unused masks they may have:

•Any N95 and Non-N95 mask donations will be accepted.

•N95 masks that are in high need are:

  • 3M 1860 model (size regular and small)
  • Halyard model #46767 and 46867

•To help contact the Kaleida Health Coronavirus Command Center:

Kaleida Health will not share personal information about patients tested, treated or admitted for COVID-19 in order to protect their privacy as required by federal law. Erie County and the New York State Departments of Health work in tandem for contact tracing and will notify people at risk per their protocols. All questions related to public safety should be directed to the appropriate governing agency.

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