MUSKOKA — Horror stories spreading worldwide about lack of health supplies at hospitals have landed at MAHC.

They say in a release late Wednesday afternoon that “as we manage the COVID-19 pandemic,” Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare is in need of donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies.

This after the hospitals CAO just “assured” the communities that SMMH and HMDH are ready for the pandemic.

Natalie Bubela says due to infection control purposes donations must be in original factory packaging and unopened.

Unfortunately they cannot accept handmade items at this time or gifts of food.

New and unused items that MAHC will accept include:

  • N95 Masks
  • Procedure/Surgical masks – ear loop or tie back
  • Safety goggles
  • Disposable fluid resistant gowns
  • Disposable gloves, especially non-latex
  • Hand sanitizer

If local companies have an innovative idea of how their company may be able to support the design or manufacturing of items to help the cause, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus.

“My greatest thanks to those who have already reached out with offers of donations, and my sincerest appreciation to our Foundation teams who are coordinating these efforts for us in addition to their ongoing fundraising work for the hospitals,” says Bubela.

“While we are grateful for your donation, the foundations will not be able to provide a donation receipt for your in-kind contribution.”

That means no tax receipt.

To arrange your donation and plan the hospital drop off, or if you have questions or need additional information, please leave your message at: SMMH: Amanda Brown via amanda.brown@mahc.ca or by phone at 705-645-4404, ext. 3193.

Or at HDMH: Cheryl Perry via cheryl.perry@mahc.ca or by phone at 705-789-2311, ext. 2372.

You can also stay up to date on the COVID-19 situation and any changes to hospital services at MAHC at www.mahc.ca/COVID-19/.

Help your hospitals, at Bracebridge and Huntsville, fight the coronavirus by donating health supplies.