'Grey's Anatomy,' 'The Resident' and 'New Amsterdam' donate supplies amid coronavirus pandemic

Medical dramas "Grey's Anatomy," "New Amsterdam" and "The Resident" are offering assistance during the coronavirus pandemic playing out in real life. 

ABC's "Grey's" is donating gowns and gloves while firefighter-centered spinoff "Station 19" is donating masks, according to a statement provided to USA TODAY from Krista Vernoff, executive producer of the ABC shows.

"At 'Station 19,' we were lucky enough to have about 300 of the coveted N95 masks which we donated to our local fire station. They were tremendously grateful. At 'Grey’s Anatomy,' we have a back-stock of gowns and gloves which we are donating as well," the statement read. "We are all overwhelmed with gratitude for our healthcare workers during this incredibly difficult time, and in addition to these donations, we are doing our part to help them by staying home."

NBC's "New Amsterdam" is also providing donations, the network announced in a statement from spokeswoman Sharon Pannozzo.

"New Amsterdam has donated supplies of masks, gloves, gowns and other items to the New York State Department of Health to be utilized on the basis of highest need in connection with relief efforts in New York to help the community in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis," the statement read. 

Fox's "Resident" was apparently the first to make a donation of  supplies to help keep healthcare workers at Grady Hospital in Atlanta stay safe. Items  include masks, surgical gloves, surgical gowns, booties and protective head gear. 

A Twitter account for Carlos Del Rio, who identifies himself as executive associate dean for Emory at Grady, shared Wednesday that the show sent personal protective equipment, also known as PPE. (The show is filmed in Atlanta.) 

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Emily VanCamp's "Resident" character, Nicolette Nevin, tends to a patient while wearing a mask and gloves in a March 17, 2020 episode of the Fox drama.

"Today we received at ⁦@GradyHealth a donation of PPE used for ⁦@ResidentFOX," the tweet read.⁩" When you don’t think miracles exist they magically happen.

"During #COVID19 supply of PPE is low everywhere but people are being creative and generous," the tweet continued. "Thanks guys!"

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A spokesperson for Fox confirmed that the items came courtesy of "The Resident" but declined to comment further. But the show's official Twitter account responded to the tweet about the donation.

"Thank YOU! We're just glad to be able to help," the post read.

USA TODAY contacted 32 hospitals within 19 “major medical centers” around the country to ask about supplies, staffing and space for COVID-19. Of those, 12 responded in some form. 

Most hospitals that responded to USA TODAY's survey said they now have adequate supplies of face masks, respirators, gowns and other personal protective gear for patients and health care workers. But some worried about the prospect of quickly dwindling supplies should they see a wave of infected people.

Contributing: Ken Alltucker and Nick Penzenstadler

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