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Kaleida, ECMC seek mask donations

Kaleida Health and Erie County Medical Center are so worried about running out of masks amid the coronavirus crisis that on Saturday they turned to the public for help.

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

Kaleida said it is seeking both N95 masks – which are designed to keep out small particles such as viruses – as well other kinds of masks that could be used in medical facilities.

The N95 masks that Kaleida most needs are the 3M 1860 model (regular size and small) and the Halyard models #46767 and #46867. To donate, contact the Kaleida Health Coronavirus Command Center at 716-859-2200 or coronaviruscommandcenter@kaleidahealth.org.

Habitat for Humanity donated 19,000 masks to Kaleida Friday, said Michael P. Hughes, Kaleida's senior vice president. Hughes said Habitat had been giving the masks to its volunteers who work on home construction or repairs to keep them from breathing in dust.

Meanwhile, ECMC said in its coronavirus update that it has about two to three weeks of personal protective equipment available for its caregivers.

"We are taking every step to conserve PPE equipment," the ECMC update said. "We have identified PPE suppliers and have placed orders for additional supplies. Without guarantees of their delivery date, we are asking for donations of masks."

ECMC is also seeking both N95 and non-N95 masks. The hospital said the mask it needs most is the 3M 1960 model, sizes regular and small.

To donate, call 716-898-3844 or email hospitalcommandcenter@ecmc.edu.

Staff reporter Thomas J. Prohaska contributed to this report.

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