Be a part of Operation Protect by donating urgently needed personal protective equipment
For Immediate Release: April 17, 2020
We are hearing daily from long-term care homes, assisted living residences, and home care operators across the province, because they are critically low on personal protective equipment, such as masks, exam gloves, eye protection, protective gowns and hand sanitizer, when it’s most needed. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an increased use of these supplies and interrupted manufacturing and supply networks.
In a recent survey of Interior long-term care homes, home care operators assisted living residences, and community living organizations, 76% report being critically short of personal protective equipment. Health care workers are the heroes in our communities, providing care to the most vulnerable in our society, including our elders and those with critical health issues. They are doing this while facing unprecedented challenges. They need our support.
We know that people want to contribute and support efforts to contain COVID-19. That’s why we launched Operation Protect and are urgently asking businesses and individuals who have access to unused and unopened personal protective equipment for use by health care workers.
Already, British Columbians have stepped up with more than 425 businesses and individuals having donated more than 420,000 items through Operation Protect. Unfortunately, it is not enough. We are asking people to go to www.safecarebc.ca/operationprotect to learn the exact supplies that are needed and how they can donate. Donated supplies will benefit Interior health care organizations.
“Every day, we are contacted by health care organizations, who are desperate for personal protective equipment to keep workers and the people they care for safe,” says Jen Lyle, CEO, SafeCare BC. “We are so appreciative of the public’s response so far who have answered the call, but the need is still there.”
Potential donors are invited to contact Operation Protect directly at www.safecarebc.ca/operationprotect or [email protected]. Questions regarding accepted donations can be directed to [email protected] or 1-877-955-6565.
SafeCare BC appreciates the support of the BC Care Providers Association and BigSteelBox in helping with Operation Protect.
About SafeCare BC
SafeCare BC is the health and safety association for BC’s continuing care sector, whose 864 member organizations, employ 28,000 workers.