The Paramus Rotary Club (PRC) COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund has been established to provide immediate relief to Frontline Healthcare Workers and First Responders impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The fund started with a donation of $15,000 to our PRC Foundation - which was matched by the next day by fellow Rotarian Sam Stone and the Trinity Presbyterian Church, and has grown to about $40,000 as a result of generous donations by PRC members and others in just a few weeks. We request of our membership, the District, and our business associates to solicit donations of any size, including major donations to support this critical ongoing emergency relief effort.
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC) is an acute care hospital, as well as a 700 bed nursing home with approximately 1,200 beds in total. They have been treating many COVID-19 patients and have ventilators in use on site as we speak. FEMA and the National Guard are currently constructing a 100 BED TENT HOSPITAL in the parking lot of the Hospital.
BERGEN NEW BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTER (BNBMC) is directly across the street from the VETERANS MEMORIAL HOME - PARAMUS (VMHP) and both facilities have many COVID-19 Patients. As of Wednesday May 20th there are 284 cases at BNBMC and 57 deaths related to CV-19. The VMHP has been the hardest hit nursing home in the state, with 283 CV-19 cases and 80 CV-19 deaths as of May 20th. These sad statistics put the BNBMC AND VMHP amongst the hardest hit facilities in New Jersey. Sad news for Paramus NJ, which on its own has 1,009 COVID-19 cases as of May 21, 2020. The National Guard has been deployed to the site with medical personnel to assist in the containment and treatment of sick residents. VALLEY HOSPITAL has also been deeply affected. These three sites are ground zero in our corner of Bergen County and New Jersey. New Jersey with 151,472 CV-19 cases and 10,843 deaths, is second in the USA only to New York with 356,458 CV-19 cases and 22,976 CV-19 deaths.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the main focus of our relief effort as many experts believe the spread of the virus is exacerbated by the lack of adequate PPE for these Healthcare workers and first responders. Many are being asked to reuse masks and gowns and PPE of this nature - which is generally unheard of in the medical world. They go home in their infected clothing, in their infected cars, and are a genuine risk to themselves and their families, and to the general population as well. They need more PPE and they need it now. We have been successful in purchasing and distributing significant quantities of PPE to these HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS. We now have in stock and are distributing the following:
· 1,700 Meals – 1,200 Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Meals and 500 Fire & Oak Meals delivered thru May 22, 2020
· 8,500 surgical grade FACE MASKS & KN95 RESPIRATORS delivered thru May 22, 2020
· 1,000 FACE SHIELDS
· 100,000 PAIRS OF MEDICAL GRADE NITRILE AND VINYL GLOVES
· 1,000 packages of Hand Sanitizer Wipes
· 3,000 bottles of 70% alcohol liquid hand sanitizer gel
· 10,000 additional KN95 masks & blue surgical masks to be distributed thru June 30, 2020
There is a desperate shortage of critical supplies at these hospitals & nursing homes and the demand continues to outpace the supply on a daily basis.
We have boots on the ground in the heart of Bergen County - ready willing and able to deliver supplies to those who need it most - These area hospitals and their healthcare workers and other first responders that are coming in direct contact with CV-19 infected patients. Our Rotary volunteers are tireless and have already performed small miracles throughout Bergen County for years and years, and we have a small army working on this first responder relief mission.
Starting on Monday, April 27 at 7PM, we began delivering 100 Popeyes meals to BNBMC to feed the staff. We are delivering 5 days per week 100 meals DAILY along with our PPE PACKS for their personal use. The goal is to provide critical PPE that they have difficulty obtaining, and to feed all 2,200 of them. Rotarian Graeme Dorras owner of FIRE AND OAK is providing 200 meals each week since Thursday, May 7th to BNBMC Healthcare Workers.
Please see above pictures of some of our dedicated Paramus Rotary Club Volunteers delivering the Popeyes and Fire & Oak meals, and PPE to BERGEN NEW BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTER. With the purchase of these additional supplies and commitments to continue providing 500 meals and PPE PACKS per week, we have already spent the $40,000 that we have raised and are now in a deficit position. We need a minimum of an additional $100,000 to continue this relief effort in a meaningful way through June 30, 2020. We will begin delivering both meals and PPE to the VMHP commencing next week. These healthcare workers have expressed unbelievable gratitude for the PPE supplies and meals that we have been giving them. It is hard to imagine how a donation could have a more direct impact on helping to “reduce and flatten the curve” by providing these workers with the PPE they have difficult access to and critical shortages of. All PPE is being purchased at competitive pricing and in bulk quantities.
We all thank you in advance for any help that you can offer. All donations are 100% tax deductible.
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