Thousands of medical masks donated to Centra


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia donated a pallet of badly-needed medical supplies to Centra Health in Lynchburg on Wednesday.

The SBC gave about a hundred Tyvek suits, which is full-body protective gear, as well as about 3,600 N95 face masks.

Those masks are used by medical professionals for their protection as they treat COVID-19 patients.

The SBC keeps about 4,000-4,500 masks at any given time to use in their disaster relief efforts. The organization took action when they saw the masks are in short supply nationwide.

“It would be a shame for it to stay in the warehouse when we have health care workers that are dealing with this coronavirus,” said Mark Gauthier, Director of Disaster Relief for the SBC of Virginia, “and thought I’ll call the local hospital and see if they can use it.”

There are reports across the country of medical professionals trying to sterilize used masks or using bandanas and other items as makeshift masks.

There have also been reports of TV medical dramas donating their masks to hospitals, and fashion designers, like Christian Siriano, are seeking approval from the FDA to adjust their manufacturing process and help make more masks.

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