Topline: With many Hollywood productions suspending filming due to the coronavirus outbreak, some medical dramas are lending a hand to their real-life counterparts by donating supplies like face masks, hospital gowns and gloves to hospitals treating coronavirus patients.
- On Wednesday, Karen Law, a rheumatologist at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, thanked the team behind Fox’s medical drama The Resident for sending the hospital a shipment of hospital gowns, face masks, gloves and other medical supplies.
- The Grey’s Anatomy set had a backstock of “gowns and gloves” that will be donated to a hospital as well, showrunner Krista Vernoff said in a statement.
- Grey’s firefighter spinoff Station 19 is also reportedly donating supplies like N95 masks to the City of Ontario Fire Department and a Los Angeles Fire Department station.
- E! News reported that the team behind The Good Doctor on ABC has similar plans to donate equipment.
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“Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” . To the entire team @theresidentonfox, thank you for this incredibly generous donation of #PPE from your set, including gowns, masks, gloves, and all the things our healthcare workers need to provide safe care for our community during #COVID19. . Yesterday, I had a serious discussion with the residents about how, though supplies are low, a magical shipment of masks is unlikely to arrive. And yet, a magical shipment of masks DID arrive, in the form of this very generous gesture. This kind of community support means so much to our #frontlineproviders who are making many sacrifices to staff our hospitals and care for our community. . Thank you, @theresidentonfox and @foxtv for being helpers. We needed this kind of good news today. . PS: Sorry it’s not a great pic, but the focus was not on the photo at the time. Similarly, the team @theresidentonfox are good citizens doing good deeds and not looking for a shout out. Though I encourage all to support The Resident and the great team behind the show and to pay their good deed forward any way you can. . #Hurstlife #residentlife #emoryIMresidents #lookforthehelpers #gratitude
Key background: Hospitals nationwide have been overrun with patients needing treatment and testing for coronavirus. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases jumped over 40% to more than 9,400 across the U.S. Thursday morning, and one Centers for Disease Control forecast predicted millions could possibly need hospitalization. Medical workers have taken to social media to share their often-dwindling numbers of vital medical supplies.
Meanwhile, Hollywood is in a state of limbo as filming on sets pauses due to the coronavirus epidemic. Several star actors have already been infected— actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson had to self-isolate after becoming infected with coronavirus in Australia. Actor Idris Elba also announced Monday that he too had tested positive for the virus.
This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020