Kaleida Health released the following updates regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
•FLAGS AT HALF-MAST TO HONOR THOSE LOST TO COVID-19 – To honor those who have died from COVID-19, Kaleida Health lowered all hospital flags to fly at half-mast.
In a message to Kaleida Health employees, Jody Lomeo, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, said, “As we join together as a community to fight this virus, it is important to remember that every person who lost their battle with COVID-19 was someone’s loved one. These are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, friends and neighbors.
“Thank you to our entire care team for the work you are doing to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the tragic impact it could have on our community. May these lowered flags remind you and the entire community of the courageous and life-saving work you are doing every day.”
•KALEIDA HEALTH LABS EXPAND TESTING FOR FRONTLINE – Acknowledging COVID-19 testing continues to be an extraordinarily limited resource, Kaleida Health has expanded its testing capability to include other health care workers and first responders.
This includes testing Catholic Health, Roswell Park and Veteran’s Hospital employees plus Buffalo Fire Department and Buffalo Police Department personnel, as well paramedics/EMTs from AMR Ambulance, Twin City and volunteer fire/EMS companies. Those who are symptomatic or who believe they need to be tested should call the Erie County coronavirus hotline at 716-858-2929.
•FACE SHIELD CARE AND DISINFECTION PROCESS – As the coronavirus crisis continues to put a strain on the global supply chain for personal protective equipment and supplies, Kaleida Health is continually reevaluating and sourcing products from traditionally non-medical companies (i.e. Bauer Hockey, Ford Motor Company, etc.) to keep its workforce safe and healthy.
While many of these supplemental items (i.e. face shields worn in conjunction with N95 masks) do not have formal recommendations from the manufacturer for cleaning and disinfection, Kaleida Health has adopted appropriate recommendations from the CDC.
Kaleida Health created an instructional video to aid health care workers inside the organization and across the community on how to properly clean face shields. See link here: https://www.kaleidahealth.org/video/player/?v=405974781.
•GOO GOO DOLLS’ ROBBY TAKAC TO HOST LIVESTREAM TO BENEFIT KALEIDA HEALTH COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND – The Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby Takac announced he will host an acoustic livestream event on Saturday, April 11 at 3:45 EST.
A donation of any amount will grant viewers access to the live event and all proceeds will benefit the Kaleida Health Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund. Donations support the critical needs of the health care workforce as they continue to care for the Western New York community during this unprecedented public health crisis.