the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve, we understand that it is a significant source of concern for all of us, our family members, and the communities we serve. I personally take comfort knowing that at Valley we have an incredible team that has always come together in times of challenge.
I am writing today to ask for your help. A national shortage of masks, gowns, goggles, and other personal protective equipment is one of the biggest issues right now for hospitals and healthcare workers. If you have extra supplies of unused personal protective equipment, we ask that you consider donating them to Valley.
This includes the following:
Face shields or goggles
Fluid resistant isolation gowns
Non-latex (nitrile) gloves
Your donation will help our physicians, nurses, and other providers remain healthy, and ready and able to care for our patients.
We have established a drop-off site at the Hospital’s main entrance at 223 North Van Dien Avenue in Ridgewood. Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
There is no longer any debate — the spread of coronavirus is on pace to overwhelm the U.S. healthcare system by this summer. Social distancing is the most powerful tool we have to change this alarming projection. Please be sure you are fully embracing social distancing and enforcing the practice among all around you. This means avoiding public places and keeping 6 feet between you and others.
I realize that this means making sacrifices, but all of our country’s efforts to “flatten the curve” will fall short if we all don’t fully and immediately embrace the personal sacrifices effective social distancing requires.
I have been touched by the tremendous outpouring of support and offers of help from our community. Please know that Valley remains here for you during this very challenging time.