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Chautauqua Center starts health care supply drive

JAMESTOWN — Local health organizations have felt the ramifications of the supply shortage that is taking place due to COVID-19. It is crucial that health care workers have access to the protective equipment and cleaning supplies needed to keep them safe on the job. The Chautauqua Center has implemented a countywide supply drive in order to encourage donations. Any items that are collected will be used at the clinic sites and, if possible, shared with hospitals and other health organizations.

“We have been overwhelmed by supporting words and encouragement from our community, but our healthcare providers on the front lines need your help right now,” explained Dr. Erin Pender, dentist at the Chautauqua Center’s Jamestown site.

The Center is seeking donations of the following items from community members and organizations:

≤ Disinfecting wipes

≤ Gloves

≤ Surgical masks

≤ N-95 masks

≤ Face/eye shields

≤ Surgical gowns

“We are hoping to see donations from groups such as dental providers who have temporarily closed, construction companies and individuals who have a large supply of a specific item. Every little bit helps, and the sooner the better” said Dan Courtney, Marketing Assistant at the Center.

To limit personal contact, drop boxes for these items have been set up. In Jamestown, items can be left outside, under the covered parking area at 107 Institute St. In Dunkirk, items can be deposited in the lobby of the dental/behavioral health clinic at 314 Central Ave. Donors are asked to drop items in the box, with staff collecting, cleaning and distributing donations appropriately. Large donations can be arranged and/or picked up by staff by calling 484-4334 ext. 1314 or emailing epender@thechautauquacenter.org.

The Chautauqua Center has locations in Dunkirk and Jamestown and is open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.tcchealth.org or call 484-4334.

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