Essentia Health is accepting community donations at its Miller Hill Mall health plaza located at 1600 Miller Trunk Highway in Duluth.
While the most pressing need are medical-grade N95 masks, other useful items include:
. Unopened medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) — masks, gowns, eye protection and gloves
. Face shields
. Handmade masks
The Essentia Health-Miller Hill Health Plaza drop-off site will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Donors are asked to remain in their vehicles and wait for site staff to collect the donations. Staff will organize donations and make sure items are distributed to the appropriate people.
For more information, email COVIDdonations@essentiahealth.org or call (218) 786-4016.
For information about financial donations to support patients and front-line workers, go to EssentiaHealth.org/COVID19fund.
“We appreciate our friends and neighbors graciously offering donations and support to help our staff and patients,” said Tonya Loken, community relations program manager at Essentia. “We are humbled by your generosity and caring.”
Donations of PPE will help us meet ongoing health care needs, as well as conserve existing PPE for providers.
To improve the effectiveness of handmade masks and face shields, we’d like to pass along the following instructions:
. Masks: allinahealth.org/-/media/allina-health/files/mask-sewing-how-to.pdf
. Face shields: delve.com/assets/documents/OPEN-SOURCE-FACE-SHIELD-DRAWING-v1.PDF