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Cuyahoga Falls hospital asks for help obtaining supplies amid coronovirs pandemic

Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls says no donation is too small in their battle against COVID-19, and the community is responding

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — The CDC is changing protocols almost every hour for hospitals large and small, but one thing remains the same: They're all short on supplies.

Dr. Patrick Blakeslee, Chairman of Physicians at Western Reserve Hospital paints a serious picture of the crisis in his physician-owned hospital. "

"So what we plan for in a typical month, we're going through in a week and that is even before the peak of this has hit ," explains Blakeslee. 

Leading to the hospital appropriately restricting the use of supplies to protect their front line workers. They're also asking for help.

"You know we're used to providing the care, it's strange to have to turn around and ask for help but the community we're such a part of has responded," said Blakslee. 

"While we might be the 15th largest city in Ohio but we;re still a small town," said Dr. Todd Nichols, Superintendent of Cuyahoga Falls City schools. 

The Cuyahoga Falls school district stepped up to help, donating a variety of supplies while the schools are closed.

Purell disinfectant spray, 9 cases of it. DC-7 which is a disinfectant for the floors, we sent 8 5 gallon buckets," Dr. Nichols recalls. 

The list goes on. But it's not just big entities like school districts. Small businesses like Meraki Piercing Studio, closed by governor's decree, is sending help.

"Mostly exam gloves, sterile gloves, iodine swabs, alcohol prep pads," explains Kristopher Deming of Meraki Piercing Studio. "They asked what I wanted for it and I said nothing. I couldn't in good conscience make a profit off people suffering." 

The Western Reserve is still taking donations large and small to help in this battle; One we're all in together.

"We know we;ll get through this. This will end, we'll get through it together and I know those bonds are important to make that happen." 

For anyone interested in donating, click here for more information. 

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