***UPDATED 3.23.20 - 1PM
CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES ASKED TO DONATE THEIR STOCKS OF N95 RESPIRATOR MASKS TO LOCAL HOSPITALS
At the March 17, 2020 Coronavirus Task Force press conference, Vice President Mike Pence asked construction companies to donate their stocks of N95 respirator masks to their local hospitals and stop ordering more for the time being. This call comes in the middle of a major shortage of these kinds of masks, which get their name from being able to block at least 95 percent of 0.3 micron particles.
“These industrial masks that they use on construction sites are perfectly acceptable for health care workers to be protected from a respiratory disease,” Pence said. “What we ask construction companies — which our president knows very well from his background — we are asking them to donate their N95 masks to their local hospitals and also forgo making additional orders.”
Because of their ability to filter out these very small particles, these N95 respirators are often used by construction workers on sites where there is a lot of dust. Currently, these masks are in critically short supply. While health agencies discourage the use of masks for the general population, many people have bought them anyway, severely exacerbating this shortage.
Sacramento Region Health Care facilities are carefully managing personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to help ensure the safety of the health care professionals caring for our community.
Due to this unprecedented crisis, health systems are seeking to secure additional PPE from conventional and unconventional sources, including receiving donations from the construction industry.
Health Systems are seeking donations for the following PPE (new and unopened):
Construction companies who are able to provide donations are encouraged to share them and contact the personnel of the following health systems directly to coordinate donations:
Dignity Health (Mercy General, Mercy Folsom, Mercy San Juan, Methodist, Sierra Nevada Memorial and Woodland Memorial Hospitals)
Kaiser Permanente (Sacramento Region Hospitals)
Sutter Hospitals serving Sacramento, Roseville, Auburn, Amador, and the Coast
Sutter Hospitals serving Davis, Vallejo, Modesto and Tracy
UC Davis Medical Center