Medical Teams International this week sorted and packed thousands of masks, gloves and other personal protection equipment from their Portland warehouse for hospitals in Oregon, Washington and California.

The move is in response to a plea from hospitals for medical supplies. While Dr. Jennifer Vines, health officer for the tri-county region, said the region has a two-week supply of equipment, some medical professionals have reported a less than two-day supply at their organizations.

On Wednesday, March 18, Gov. Kate Brown instructed Oregon’s hospitals, medical centers, dentists and even veterinarians to stop all elective procedures so as to preserve equipment. She has requested medical supplies from the federal government.

A general call for donations has gone out, with even construction contractors responding.

Medical Teams’ president, Martha Holley Newsome, said that the group was mobilizing to help stop this pandemic.

Supplies were sent to Medical Teams’ long-time partner, Providence St. Joseph Health, for immediate use in hospitals in the Pacific Northwest. Included were more than 2,500 gowns, 28,100 masks, 20,600 exam gloves and 6,400 safety glasses.

Medical Teams is also preparing its iconic fleet of 12 mobile dental vans to be repurposed and deployed across the region to support the COVID-19 response. This could include acting as a command center for health facilities conducting the testing or relieving the increased pressure put on emergency departments by providing basic but urgent care for non-COVID-19 patients.

“Medical Teams International has over 40 years of experience responding rapidly in the face of the worst worldwide crises. It’s what we do,” said Newsome.