CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Once the site of a temporary drop-off point for donations of needed medical supplies, the Jackson County Expo is now increasingly a rallying point for the community's essential needs as the criteria for needed items and services widens.
A drive for person protective equipment (PPE) that was originally supposed to last until the end of the week has now been extended indefinitely, Jackson County announced on Friday. Donations of latex-free gloves, surgical masks, N95 respirators, gowns, disinfectants and other needed items will continue to be accepted at the Expo.
PPE donations in Southern Oregon
In addition to Jackson County EOC's effort, local hospitals are also gathering PPE donations. Both Asante and Providence have procedures in place to accept drop-offs of certain PPE items.
Providence Medford Medical Center
Donations of funds can help with supplies or for caregivers in need. Donations can be made through the Providence Community Health Foundation here in Medford. Contact Providence by phone at 541-732-5193 or by email at email@example.com.
Providence is accepting donations of the following medical supplies:
- Face shields – new, medical type (not welder / grinder type masks)
- Gloves in sealed boxes
- Gowns in sealed bags
- Masks - new, in original packaging
- Hand sanitizer
- Medical swabs – sealed/sterile (not Q-tips)
Drop-offs may be made between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, when there is a team member from Providence available to accept them.
Asante is accepting a number of medical supplies for donation:
- N95 masks, both new and used
- Protective face shields
- Elastomeric masks (a type of reusable N95 mask)
- General ISO masks/paper masks
- Isolation gowns (disposable or reusable)
- Latex-free (i.e. Nitrile) exam gloves in all sizes
- Disposable head covers/bonnets
- Eye protection glasses or goggles
Drop-offs of these items can be made at the following locations and hours:
- Medford (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.): Asante Foundation located at 229 N. Bartlett Street
- Grants Pass (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.): The Family House located at 407 SW Ramsey Ave.
- Ashland (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.): Lithia Motors Pavilion, Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
County officials said that they were encouraged by the generosity of both local businesses and individuals who have dropped off PPE over the past week.
“The community is behind us and wanting to take care of healthcare professionals,” says Rob Holmbeck, who is overseeing the donation drop-offs at the Jackson County Expo.
A group from Ashland and Talent gave 115 homemade procedural masks, and Jackson County says that they are working on making more. The masks are washable and even have replaceable filters.
Local businesses have stepped in as well, including notable donations from Rogue Dental, Hillcrest Family Dentistry, OrCal Rubber & Supply Co., WCP Solutions, Lime Rock LLC, OSU Extension Service, and Southern Oregon Medical Equipment, among others.
“The biggest thing is we need to take care of our frontline people, because they’re going to be the ones taking care of us. I have family who are first responders, friends that are firemen, and it’s important to make sure they’re taken care of,” said Holmbeck.
Local healthcare providers Asante and Providence are also taking donations of PPE [see the sidebar for more information].
Meanwhile, Jackson County's Emergency Operation Center says that there is an "immediate need" for volunteers to help local providers assist the homeless and the elderly by doing a variety of tasks — completing paperwork, delivering meals to homebound seniors, and more.
“This valley is full of good-hearted folks who are looking for ways to help in this crisis. If you’re interested in helping, we can provide a link to vital services that need your help,” says Steve Lambert, Jackson County EOC Operational Group Leader.
To that end, the County is also collecting more everyday donations at the Expo: clean used or new ice chests; plastic and paper grocery bags; clip boards; vinyl food preparation gloves in unopened boxes; zip lock baggies of any size in unopened boxes; packaged disposable cups with lids; Clorox wipes in unopened containers; new empty spray bottles; Lysol and Clorox disinfectant; new containers of other general household cleaning products; basic hygiene supplies such as body soap, toothpaste, brushes, shampoo and deodorant; laundry detergent; and new packaged pillows.
Both PPE donations and other items can be donated at the Expo between the hours of 7 and 10 a.m. every day of the week. Here are the directions to donate:
The Jackson County Expo
1 Peninger Road, Central Point, Oregon 97502
Enter at Gate 2 and follow the signs. Donations will be collected as you drive through, keeping everyone safe from contact.