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COVID-19: How Can I Help?

Many of our Central Indiana neighbors have asked how they can help in light of the COVID-19 situation. Here are some simple ways you can make a difference.

Stay Home

Slowing the spread of the coronavirus is the most important thing we can do as a community. The best way to do that is simple: stay home like you’ve been doing.

By staying at home, you’re helping flatten the curve — that is, stabilizing the amount of new COVID-19 cases. Flattening the curve gives healthcare providers crucial time to restock essential supplies and provide care for the most vulnerable patients.

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Make Masks/Gowns and Donate PPE

Looking for a meaningful way to spend time at home? Here’s a DIY project that can do a lot of good. Community is accepting homemade masks, and they’re easy to make. All you need is tightly woven cotton fabric, like a clean pillowcase or a 100% cotton t-shirt.

These instructional videos will teach you how to make DIY masks with and without elastic loops:

You can find detailed written instructions on how to make masks right here.

Update April 20: We are now accepting homemade barrier gowns to protect our caregivers. Find DIY gown instructions and a pattern here.

We’re also accepting other personal protective equipment (PPE) like N95 masks, disinfectant items such as Clorox wipes, and more. If you have any supplies that you would consider donating in this time of unprecedented need, you may do so here.

Give Blood

A steady supply of blood is critical for our nation’s healthcare systems, and donors help make that a possibility. Blood banks rely on consistent donations to provide for patients in need. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has put that consistency at risk.

Both the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared that it’s safe for healthy people to give blood. You can even do it during the stay-at-home order that is currently in effect in Indiana.

If you’re healthy and able, you can learn where to donate blood right here.

Donate Plasma

We're proud to partner with Versiti Blood Center to spread the word about convalescent plasma donation. Donations help those seriously affected by COVID-19 to recover. Recovered COVID-19 patients with a confirmed positive test result are able to donate as soon as they are symptom free for 14 days. Those who do not have a documented positive COVID test, but do have a documented positive antibody screening by an FDA approved test may also donate. 

Find out if you're eligible to donate convalescent plasma for critically ill COVID-19 patients. 

Make a Financial Donation

Financial gifts to the Community Health Network Foundation help us provide exceptional care for our patients, and for the caregivers who serve them. You can choose where your gift will be allocated, so you can make a direct impact wherever you see fit:

  • Greatest patient needs — Patients facing COVID-19 may also be facing financial challenges. They may be out of work, or are simply struggling to make ends meet. Your donation to the greatest patient needs provides food, medicine and other basic needs so they can focus on getting better.
  • Lisa Borinstein Caregiver Assistance Fund — This fund offers financial assistance to Community caregivers facing sudden and severe hardship. It helps cover out-of-pocket medical expenses, food, transportation, post-trauma family support and more.
  • Greatest caregiver needs — Community caregivers are working long hours to help others during this pandemic. Donating to the greatest caregiver needs will help provide onsite meals for our physicians, nurses, technicians, environmental service partners and security teams who are on the frontlines against COVID-19.

You can make your donation to the Community Health Network Foundation right here.

We’re all in this together, and every little bit of support helps our community in the fight against COVID-19. Thank you for all of your efforts for the greater good!