Cape Coronavirus: Hospitals Working To Keep Supply Levels Afloat

Jimmy Bentley

This article originally appeared on the Falmouth Patch

FALMOUTH, MA — As of Wednesday afternoon, hospitals under Cape Cod Healthcare had about eight days left of the personal equipment doctors and nurses need to combat the new coronavirus virus, hospital officials said.

Kevin Mulroy, the senior vice presidents for Cape Cod Healthcare, said the supply levels are adequate. Falmouth and Cape Cod hospitals have excesses for certain items and more are coming in, Mulroy said.

In total, 647 patients have been tested for COVID-19 at the testing site at Cape Cod Community College, as of Wednesday and 52 of them, around 8 percent, tested positive. Just six percent of positive cases were people under 40.

But as COVID-19 spreads, Mulroy said no one feels comfortable with what supplies they have, fundraising will become paramount to keeping these supply levels up.

So CEO Michael Lauf has kicked off an emergency fundraising effort by donating one month of his salary to the relief effort. The company's board of directors will match his salary and put it towards the Cape Cod Health Care Foundation. Hospital officials said they are also seeking donations from the public.

"To do this, we will need tremendous support at a time when I know many of you are already experiencing stresses on your own resources," Lauf said. "I am asking that you take a look at your situation and decide what, if anything, you can do to help."

Lauf said the foundation gives hospital leadership the flexibility it needs to address pressing needs, whether they be supplies, medical equipment, employee assistance or staff expansions. As of Wednesday afternoon, hospital officials said $300,000 was raised for the fund.

Lauf said the community has already began donating medical supplies such as masks, touch-free thermometers, gloves and more. He said he hopes to see these efforts continue.

"We're very prideful of our community’s response in helping us manage this crisis," Lauf said.

Mulroy listed the items needed by priority. They include:

  • isolation gowns
  • face shields
  • surgical masks
  • gloves
  • N95 masks (numbers 1860, 1860s and 1870)
  • disinfectant wipes
  • no-touch or forehead thermometers

"We're about as prepared as we can be ...," We have tripled our ventilator capicity ... We feel pretty good about where we stand right now."

Many Cape Cod residents and others have offered to donate hand-sewn masks. To help ensure the safety of physicians, nurses and staff, unopened or sealed packages of medical grade masks in all sizes are preferred. But hand-sewn masks will be accepted at donation locations. Masks should be boxed or sealed in plastic.

Donations can be made at the following locations:

  • Falmouth Hospital - 100 Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth (Employee Parking lot)
  • Fontaine Outpatient Medical Center – 525 Long Pond Road, Harwich
  • Hyannis Urgent Care - 1220 Iyannough Road, Hyannis
  • Parking Lot - 9 East Main Street, Hyannis (intersection of Rt. 28)
  • Stoneman Outpatient Medical Center – 2 Jan Sebastian Dr, Sandwich

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