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Supplies Provided by Generous Donors

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Today SUNY Downstate received a generous donation of 2500 N95 masks from the Daofeng & Angela Foundation. The donation was arranged by Dr. Lorenzo Paladino, Emergency Medicine Physician, Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Research at Downstate.

Based in Maryland, the Daofeng & Angela Foundation is part of a consortium of non-governmental organizations that recently formed the “The Covid-19 Life Preservation Fund by NGO’s” to provide vital supplies and PPE to fight the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States. To date, Chinese philanthropist Daofeng He and the Daofeng & Angela Foundation have together pledged more than $800,000 to support this effort. We appreciate their generosity and the efforts of Dr. Paladino in obtaining this donation. The consortium also donated 1050 N95 masts to Montefiore Medical Center.




SUNY Downstate Accepting Donations of Critical Medical Supplies

Inquiries can be sent to

 In response to an outpouring of generosity by our community to donate critical medical supplies, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University – University Hospital of Brooklyn has established a special email that be contacted by anyone interested in making donations.

SUNY Downstate will accept donations of the following critical medical supplies:

  • Personal Protect Equipment - PPE
  • N95 masks
  • Surgical Masks
  • Goggles
  • Face Shields
  • Gowns
  • Any Medical Respiratory Equipment

Anyone interested in donating should send an email to

Please include information about the organization making the donation, the origin of the supplies, the type and quantity of supplies you would like to donate, and information about whether those supplies can be delivered or be picked up by SUNY Downstate, as well as a contact telephone number and email address.

SUNY Downstate – University Hospital of Brooklyn had been designated by Governor Cuomo as COVID-19 only facility.

“We appreciate the generosity of our community in supporting our mission to provide the highest level of care that our patients, their families and the community needs and expects,” said Wayne J. Riley, M.D., President of SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. “It is exactly the type of unity and coming together that Governor Cuomo is calling for, and a hallmark of our community here in Brooklyn and the people of New York.”


Statement on University Hospital of Brooklyn Designated by Governor Cuomo As a COVID-19 Only Facility

The United States has surpassed Italy and China with over 100,000 coronavirus cases; more than 52,000 cases are in New York State, nearly 30,000 are in New York City, and more than 7,000 cases are in Brooklyn.

SUNY Downstate is answering Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s directive to prepare University Hospital of Brooklyn as a COVID-19 only facility. We are working closely with neighboring hospitals to transfer patients and continue the highest level of care that our patients, their families, and the community expect.

Our heroes on the front lines and other essential staff are working around the clock to care for COVID-19 patients and those with related symptoms. We will work tirelessly with our partners at every level to prepare for the challenges ahead, and stand ready with them to meet those efforts with perseverance and compassion to combat the anticipated COVID-19 apex and save lives.

University Hospital of Brooklyn’s dedicated medical, nursing, respiratory therapy, environmental services, and other professional staff remain ready to care for COVID-19 patients as we had been doing since our first patient a few weeks ago.

Wayne J. Riley, M.D.
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University


Coronavirus Preparedness

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In 2019, a new coronavirus was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak in China. The virus is now known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), or coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

It is unclear exactly how contagious the new coronavirus is, though it appears to be spreading from person to person among those in close contact. It may be spread by respiratory droplets released when someone who has the virus coughs or sneezes.

Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in a growing number of countries, including the U.S. Public health groups, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are monitoring the situation and posting updates on their websites. These groups have also issued recommendations for preventing and treating the illness.

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing. The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. Like other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, people who are older or have existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, may be at higher risk of serious illness.

Risk factors for COVID-19 appear to include recent travel from or residence in an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19 as determined by CDC or WHO*, or close contact with someone who has COVID-19 — such as when a family member or healthcare worker takes care of an infected person.

If you think you may have had contact with a person who has recently traveled to *Italy, Japan, South Korea, Iran, or China, and you have respiratory symptoms that include fever, coughing or difficulty breathing, we urge you to call your healthcare provider immediately so they can assess your symptoms and take necessary precautions to avoid the potential spread of germs during your appointment.

Although there is no vaccine presently available to prevent infection with the new coronavirus, you can take steps to reduce your risk of infection. The following recommendations are standard precautions for avoiding respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if your hands aren't clean.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding, and other household items if you're sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you often touch.
  • Stay home from work, school, and public areas if you're sick.

CDC does not recommend that healthy people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Only wear a mask if a healthcare provider tells you to do so.




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