Responding to coronavirus: Tiberi, Piendak, M Sherpa, University of Delaware

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In partnership with Delaware business leaders Richard Piendak and Dave Tiberi, as well as other local businesses and members of the community, ChristianaCare will open a collection site to receive donations of medical supplies from the community to help protect Delaware’s health care workers.

The health care industry has been dealing with a shortage of needed medical items.

The following unused items are needed:

  • All types of unused protective face masks, especially N95 masks.
  • Protective suits and medical scrubs.
  • Goggles, safety glasses, and face shields.
  • Cleaning and sterilizing solutions and wipes.
  • Medical gloves.
  • Digital and disposable thermometers.
  • Hand sanitizers.

ChristianaCare is requesting donations of these items from businesses or community members who have supplies that they do not currently need. Members of the community are not being asked to purchase new items for donation. However, monetary donations can be made online to support the effort at https://christianacare.org/donors/.

People bringing donations should pack the items into the trunk of their car and pull into the donation line.  Leave windows up and do not get out of your car. A volunteer will unload the items.

All people at the site are advised to practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet apart. Anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms should not come to this donation site.

The first event is slated from  8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25th through Friday, March 27th. Additional dates will be added as needed. The location is 110 W. Market Street in Newport.

UD makes medical gear donation

The University of Delaware’s emergency management and environmental health and safety units gathered up personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks that were going unused on campus and donated the items to the Delaware Emergency Management Agency.

Classes have been canceled at UD.

My Sherpa honors  emergency center workers with a meal from Tonic

Upon hearing that the State of Delaware was closing restaurant bars and dining rooms, Greg Gurev realized  COVID-19 virus would have an impact on business. 

“I’ve spoken to a few restaurateurs in the past couple of months and have learned how reliant restaurants are on steady, predictable patrons.  Changes in demand easily tip the scales, putting restaurants into the red,” said Gurev, owner of MySherpa, a northern Delaware-based information technology service provider  “Not being able to serve alcohol hobbles profits. If the restaurants close, what will the workers do?  How will they feed their families?  Is there a safety net?  Will the restaurant reopen, or will a ghostly space remain a reminder of our society’s trials?”

Gurev also noted that the news cycle was bringing into focus the stress and strain this virus is putting on our health and safety workers. 

“We understand the sacrifices being made and feel deeply grateful which is why I wanted to figure out how MySherpa can help these good people,” Gurev said. “We took a page out of our mission/values.  The job of Sherpas is to guide people through their challenges and provision them for the journey ahead.  What if we apply our values to this specific problem.

MySherpa turned to a client Tonic Bar and Grille in Wilmington. The restaurant-caterer delivered a meal late last week to the Emergency Response Center (ERC) in New Castle.

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