Courtesy Overlake Medical Center via Facebook

A call Overlake Medical Center put out to the public three weeks ago requesting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers has so far been successful, the Bellevue-based health system announced today, but more help still is needed.

“Overlake Medical Center received its first COVID-19-positive patient in late February. Since the call for donations in mid-March, local dentists, doctors, church groups, medical device sales representatives, Ford Motor Company, representatives from Microsoft, schools, and other residents of Western Washington have donated much needed PPE,” Overlake announced today. “A large number of donations have come from the local Chinese-American community. We have also seen a high percentage of support by local restaurant owners and their staff. Their dedication to feeding those who are solely focused on patient care is overwhelmingly appreciated.”

Items received have included masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, soap, gowns, and more.

Those looking to contribute equipment and supplies should visit overlakehospital.org/COVIDsupport. A pubic Facebook group, Overlake Heroes, also is available for those looking to pass on words of encouragement to those on the front lines.