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OXFORD — Granville Health System said it is in critical need of protective medical supplies, including masks and gloves, and is asking for community members to donate what they have. 

The hospital system said in a press release that COVID-19 not only makes the need for these supplies more urgent, but the virus makes supplies more scarce as it disrupts supply chains across the country. 

Granville health said it is working with its vendors to get supplies, but “as the number of cases increase, supplies are running low,” the release said. 

“We have already had several businesses and groups that have approached us with a desire to help in some way,” said CEO John F. Snow. “We do have some critical supply needs and expect this to continue for the foreseeable future.”

The health system needs personal protective equipment — or PPE — including: 

• Disposable masks, particularly N95 masks.

• Disposable gloves of all sizes.

• Disposable gowns.

• Face shields.

Individuals or groups that would like to donate PPE to Granville Health System should call Shields Blackwell at 919-690-2148.

The hospital can also use cash donations to buy supplies, it said.  

“I am so very grateful for the generosity and caring nature of this community,” Snow said. “We thank you for your support.”

Vance-Granville Community College said this week it had donated PPE from its health care programs to Granville Health System and Mariah Parham Health. Those supplies included 3,500 gloves, 60 gowns, 120 masks and 75 face shields.

“Vance-Granville Community College health care students train at area health care facilities on a year-round basis,” said Rachael Desmarais, VGCC president. “Therefore, we feel a special obligation to share the resources of the community college with our medical community at every possible opportunity. It just so happens that in this instance, our donation has the opportunity to make an immediate impact on public safety.”