Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital is asking for donations of homemade masks and baby monitors to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a conference call with community partners on Monday, hospital Human Resources and Education Coordinator Rachel Breeding said hospital employees have begun wearing masks anytime they are on a patient floor or staying at least six feet from other people. She asked that anyone who is able to make masks make them and bring them to the hospital. There are patterns on the Whitesburg ARH Facebook page and the Kentucky River District Health Facebook page.
She also asked for donations of baby monitors so nurses can listen for changes in patient condition. She said video baby monitors would be best, but audio monitors could also be used.
So far, the hospital has had no known positive cases of COVID-19. The one case that was reported in Letcher County has had no contact with ARH.
Kentucky River District Health Department Director Scott Lockard said masks, gowns and gloves are needed all over the area.
“We have a definite need. I think there’s a shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment) everywhere,” he said.
Lockard said there is also a shortage of test kits.