Although there were no new confirmed positive cases for COVID-19 in Madison County as of Thursday afternoon, the Baptist Health Foundation has created an emergency fund to support patients, their families and the community as it takes on the novel virus.
In a release sent out by the hospital Thursday, it states the funds will support critically-needed resources for patients and its healthcare staff across Kentucky and southern Indiana.
People can assist in two ways: by donating commercially manufactured personal protective equipment (PPE) — N95 masks, gowns and gloves — or through monetary donations.
“We are hearing daily from community members who want to help our caregivers who are putting themselves on the frontlines during this crisis,” said Greg D. Gerard, Baptist Health Richmond president. “The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund gives them an opportunity and an avenue to show their support for our frontline staff in this community."
The release notes that donations to the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund will be used to support Baptist Health hospitals, physician offices, patients and their family members and staff due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
"Since the crisis is evolving in unpredictable ways and at an unprecedented rate this will empower Baptist Health professionals to pivot quickly for our community’s greatest needs," the release reads. "The funds may go toward critically-needed supplies, treatment costs, patient assistance, employee assistance, capital equipment needs, and other essential items."
Donations of commercially-made personal protective equipment can be arranged by contacting Baptist Health Foundation Richmond at 859-625-3938. Only commercially-made equipment can be accepted at this time, to comply with infection control standards.
As of Thursday at 2 p.m., Madison County has a total of six positive cases.
For the Madison County COVID-19 hotline, residents can contact at (859) 544-6550. The line will be operational Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This phone line provides general and local information and does not take the place of the state's COVID-19 Hotline (1-800-722-5725) which operates 24/7.