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Protect our Healers: CLTgivePPE

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Charlotteans face an invisible threat to our health, our economy, and our city - it knows no boundaries and is relentless. 

CLTgivePPE is a CLT grassroots movement that was created by Dr. Sheila Natarajan along with other local doctors and community advocates to address the massive shortage of PPE in our local clinics and healthcare systems during this COVID-19 crisis. Visit our website  for more information! 

This movement has organized a city-wide PPE donation drive in collaboration with Goodwill Industries of Southern Piedmont and Lowe's Home Improvement to support our local front line healthcare personnel on behalf of our local hospital systems, independent medical clinics, and the county health department. CLTgivePPE has gained the attention of county and state representatives as well as the media -- but we need your help to make this a success! In addition to our local PPE drive we are raising money for all PPE needs of our local healthcare community starting with the below mentioned reusable respirator masks. Once this is accomplished, any and all additional funds will continue to be used to procure necessary PPE for as long as it is needed to get through this crisis.

Charlotte’s healthcare personnel are in desperate need of personal protection equipment (PPE) during this current COVID-19 crisis. We, along with the rest of the nation, are in a massive N95 mask shortage already requiring severe N95 mask restriction, rationing and reusing. Due to this shortage, we are in unprecedented times where our healthcare providers are unable to conform to even basic standard of care protection policy. This puts the entire healthcare system and their patients at significant risk.
While N95s are now being reserved for only high risk procedures like intubations, the only available alternative for our healthcare workers are regular surgical masks which carry no protection for aerosolized water droplets of novel coronavirus. We believe every patient-facing provider and personnel require a more sustainable and protective option than this if they are to sustain themselves on the front lines through this current and worsening COVID-19 crisis.
We have found a pre-fabricated reusable, nonporous, filtered, disinfect-able respirator mask that conforms to the face and provides significantly more protection than a regular surgical mask. Coupled with a face shield (thanks to the Charlotte Latin students!), this would provide sustainable protection far safer than a plain surgical mask. Each mask is $7, to save a life.

Our goal is that every patient-facing provider and personnel in Charlotte is covered with this sustainable form of protection. We will be delivering these masks in batches to local teams as they arrive. Our healthcare workers are proud to serve their community and their patients, but they will be called upon to sacrifice more than we can even imagine in the ensuing weeks ahead. It is important that we band together as a community to support our healthcare teams at the front lines. If they go down, we all go down.

We are also compiling a list of local businesses who are willing to share their local and international supply chains for procurement of PPE materials at cost for local and state healthcare workers. If you would like to be added to this list, please email: [email redacted] with subject line “PPE supply partners”.

We are organizing community efforts to make and sew masks and medical gowns to protect our providers and patients. If you would like more information please email Tracey Ratte at [email redacted] with subject line “CLTgivePPE handmade”.

Please, join us at #CLTgivePPE to give whatever you can to protect a life. Time is running out. We can do this if we work together! 

CLTgivePPE Website 
City-Wide PPE Donation Flyer
Facebook Page

Instagram Page
Directions to make handmade masks
Mecklenburg County COVID-19 Updates 

WCNC Charlotte - aired March 26, 2020 with Michelle Boudin 
WCCB Charlotte  - aired March 27, 2020 with Morgan Fogarty
The Charlotte Observer  - ran March 30, 2020 
Matthews Mint-Hill Weekly - ran March 30, 2020
The Charlotte Weekly  - ran March 30, 2020
Charlotte Smarty Pants  - ran March 30, 2020
WCNC Charlotte  - aired March 31, 2020 with Nate Morabito
N.C. Health News  - aired March 31, 2020 with Rose Hoban
WCNC Charlotte  - aired April 1, 2020 with Nate Morabito - ED doctor interviewed
WSOCTV Channel 9  - aired April 1, 2020 with Phil Orban
Kathy Izard, Author  - ran April 1, 2020
Queen City Nerve  - ran April 1, 2020
WCNC Charlotte  - aired April 2, 2020 with Lana Harris
WBTV Charlotte  - aired April 2, 2020 with Caroline Hicks
N.C Health News  - aired April 2, 2020 - ED doctor interviewed

Fundraising team: CLTgivePPE (2)

Susan ZumBrunnen
Raised $4,170 from 32 donations
Charlotte, NC
Sheila Natarajan, MD
Amalia Reyes Juchnik
Team member
Raised $1,208 from 9 donations

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