First Shipments Left Portland Headquarters Today

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 19, 2020) – As cases of COVID-19 continue to rapidly increase here and across the country, Medical Teams International (Medical Teams) today sorted and packed thousands of masks, gloves and other personal protection health supplies from their Portland warehouse to be used by hospitals in Washington, Oregon and California.

Medical Teams President and CEO Martha Holley Newsome said, “The Pacific Northwest is the epicenter of the Coronavirus in the U.S. As these supplies are running dangerously low, we are mobilizing to help stop this pandemic.”

The supplies of Personal Protective Equipment or PPEs are being sent to Medical Teams’ long-time partner, Providence St. Joseph Health for immediate use in hospitals in the Pacific Northwest. Supplies include more than 2,500 gowns, 28,100 masks, 20,600 exam gloves and 6,400 safety glasses to protect people from spreading the virus.

Medical Teams is also preparing its 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, relieving the increased pressure put on Emergency Departments by providing basic but urgent care for non-COVID-19 patients and more.

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

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About Medical Teams International

Founded in 1979, Medical Teams International provides life-saving medical care for people in crisis, such as survivors of natural disasters and refugees. We care for the whole person— physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Daring to love like Jesus, we serve all people—regardless of religion, nationality, sex or race. Because every person—no matter where they are or how desperate their situation—matters.  Learn more at and on social media using @medicalteams. For more information and donations for Medical Teams’ work on COVID-19, please visit