The Eastern Kentucky University biology department, as well as other departments on campus, have donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Madison County Emergency Management, which will ensure that the supplies are given to first responders and healthcare providers.
Malcolm Frisbie, chair of the biology department, said that the department’s donations were part of a university-wide endeavor.
“Eastern has coordinated a campus-wide effort to gather any materials that we have that we don’t need in the immediate future because we know this virus is spreading rapidly and hospitals everywhere are very concerned that they’re going to be swamped with people with COVID-19 and other illnesses and they are rapidly running out of materials,” said Frisbie in a phone interview.
Donating PPE is one way the department and the university can help ease the strain on area hospitals.
“The university is trying to be a good community citizen and contribute materials that we have so healthcare providers can remain healthy themselves and help the rest of the population get healthy and stay healthy,” said Frisbie.
According to Gary Folckemer, director of EKU Emergency Management, this includes approximately:
55,398 pairs of gloves
679 medical gowns
2,400 surgical masks