If you have unused personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies that you are willing to donate, the San Diego medical community needs your help. A shortage of critical items, such as medical grade masks, gloves, protective gowns, and goggles or eye/face shields are needed for as the threat of the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow.
The county's major medical systems are managing supplies, but as San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer admitted, the “storm” of this pandemic is yet to arrive so facilities need to shore up supplies of protective gear.
UCSD San Diego Health is accepting medical-grade equipment/supply donations as follows.
- Drop off: at their Medical Center in Hillcrest, but you'll need to coordinate a Monday - Friday drop-off time with Carlos Olvera in advance, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ship to: UC San Diego 200 West Arbor Drive, Attention COVID-19, San Diego, CA 92103
Sharp HealthCare has set up drive-through donation locations starting Wednesday, March 24. The drive through locations will be open Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm and Saturdays from 12 noon - 4pm.
- Sharp HealthCare, 4000 Ruffin Road, San Diego
- Sharp Coronado Hospital, 250 Prospect Place, Coronado
- Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Brier Patch Campus, 9000 Wakarusa St., La Mesa (this location open Monday - Friday only from 7:30am - 4pm)
- Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, 751 Medical Center Court, Chula Vista
Share Healthcare provided this list of items to be donated:
New or unused products to donate
- Disposable face masks
- N95 masks, sometimes called respirators
- Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
- Disposable gowns
- Disposable gloves, especially non-latex
- Disposable surgical caps
- Disposable foot covers
- Wipes: bleach or antimicrobial
- Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
- Infrared thermometers
Specialized items to donate
- PAPRs (powered air-purifying respirators) and PAPR hoods
- Nasal testing swabs
- Viral testing kits
What NOT to donate
- At this time Sharp is not accepting hand-sewn reusable masks or 3-D printed ventilator parts.
- Donations of other items such as medications, food, blankets, medical equipment or other supplies are not needed at this time. If that changes, an announcement will be made.