RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Riverside County officials concerned about treating a growing number of residents stricken with the novel coronavirus are requesting volunteers and donations of medical equipment.

“The need for medical volunteers and medical donations is critical at this point,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Manuel Perez said. “I have heard from many hospitals, and they are all concerned about resources and staffing. Your donations and volunteerism will be greatly appreciated.”

The Riverside University Health System is asking physicians, pharmacists, licensed nurses, medical technicians and those studying medicine to consider volunteering their time to lend a hand at brick-and-mortar and field hospitals, as well as clinics in the county system.

Officials said there is additionally a need for ventilators, cardiac monitors or portable telemetry systems, surgical masks, especially the N-95 variety, isolation gowns and surgical gloves.

A complete list of needed items can be found at https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.