FAIR LAWN, NJ - After area hospitals put out a call for donations of personal protective gear for healthcare workers on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak, Fair Lawn schools stepped up.
The school district donated a combined 13,000 gloves and 400 face masks to Valley Hospital, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and Fair Lawn first responders to help address the shortage.
Superintendent Nick Norcia said, “Our principals, nurses and science teachers quickly went to work and gathered whatever we had in stock in our schools, labs and in the nurses’ offices.”
“As I always say, it takes a village,” he added.
As the number of COVID-10 cases in New Jersey continues to climb and overwhelm hospitals, medical supplies are running short in many emergency rooms.
Common medical supplies like ventilators, medical masks, hospital gowns and hand sanitizer have become scarce and the supply of personal protective gear is dwindling, hospitals have said.
It’s prompted businesses, residents and other community groups help, whether it’s by donating supplies, sewing masks or bringing food for first responders. A number of factories across the country have also shifted production efforts to help address the shortage.
As of Thursday, there are 2,492 coronavirus cases in New Jersey. Of the 1,206 in Bergen County, 31 were reported in Fair Lawn.
How To Help
Bergen County now accepts donations of personal protective equipment, such as respirator/surgical masks, medical face shields/goggles, protective medical gowns and latex gloves, to the six hospitals located in the county, including Holy Name Medical Center, The Valley Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, Englewood Hospital, Pascack Valley Medical Center and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.
Donations can be dropped off at the county’s Annex Building, 220 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus (behind New Bridge Medical Center). The drive-thru donation site will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Residents are asked to have donations readily accessible in the trunk or back area of their vehicles so county staff can unload the items.
Email PPEdonations@co.bergen.nj.us with any questions they might have about larger donations being dropped off, acceptance of homemade opened boxes and other inquiries.