Most of the first responders were trained and educated at one of the many local colleges, they have been essential institutions throughout the history of America but have proven again how essential they are during the time a crisis. Colleges’ responses to COVID 19 in Indiana have shown how much society relies on these institutions. It is these same institutions that have donated time, materials, and financially to their communities. From faculty to students everyone has stepped up to help fight during this global crisis. With the preparation and materials, these institutions provide healthcare workers and residents in their communities are well cared for.
Here are Colleges’ Responses to COVID 19 in Indiana
Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College has 40 locations throughout Indiana and each of them has stepped up to serve their local communities as outlined below. As the campuses of Ivy Tech Community College closed to in-person learning and courses transferred to an online delivery method. All of the health degree courses utilized PPE for lab and simulation purposes that the college has chosen to donate to local healthcare facilities. Thousands of items of PPE including gloves, masks, isolation gowns, and sanitizers have been donated. The college also temporarily donated 10 ventilators to the Indiana State Health Department to use during the pandemic to treat patients of COVID 19. Faculty of Ivy Tech has also helped by sewing masks for those in the medical community. They have produced hundreds and donated them to medical facilities where they are needed most. Faculty at Ivy Tech has partnered with the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute to utilize their 3-D printers to produce face masks and face shields to add to the PPE available for frontline healthcare workers. The Lafayette Campus has been able to produce 2,000 per week. Last, many students across all of IVY Tech’s campuses have been financially impacted by the novel coronavirus and the stay at home orders that limited the ability to work so Ivy Tech has set up a relief fund for students to provide financial assistance during this time.
Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Wanting to help the state of Indiana have the PPE necessary to protect front-line workers and first-responders faculty at the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute have utilized 3-D printers to produce PPE. They have produced face shields and masks to donate to local healthcare facilities.
As Indiana University heard about the shortage of personal protective equipment and N95 masks in particular they chose to inventory what they had on campus and in storage. IU had ordered N95 masks during the H1N1 outbreak year ago and had kept their supply, now those thousands of N95 masks are being donated to local hospitals, the state of Indiana, first responders, and more. Close to 50K N95 masks were donated from IU that stockpiled them during H1N1. The Sewing Room for Residential Programs has also been helping by allowing students and faculty to sew cloth masks to donate to those in need. They have sewn hundreds of masks. IU also donated hospital equipment to form their nursing program including IV pumps, IV poles, hospital beds, and bedside tables, should they need more to treat an influx of patients. As students have been continuing their education online Indiana University made free WiFi parking lots available where the community can access reliable high-speed internet to allow them to continue with their education or work remotely.
These parking lots are at each campus of Indiana University.
Students and faculty of Purdue University have been using 3-D printers on campus to produce face shields. Students were able to network the printers from both the Hammond and Westville Campuses and monitor the progress of the printing from home.
Vincennes University was Indiana’s first college and has asked its faculty, staff, and students to step up and be part of the solution.
They have been asked to sew hope, this effort is a project that asks them to sew face masks to donate to the members of the community. Many faculty members have sewn and donated hundreds of masks to local organizations like Children’s Services, Good Samaritan Hospital, and more.
As many colleges have come together to gather and donate much needed personal protective equipment to help healthcare workers, others have donated financial resources to students, all have sacrificed for their communities. The colleges’ responses to COVID 19 in Indiana have proven that people come together and step up during a time of need. Though there has been a lot of loss, struggle, anxiety, and stress during this time, humanity has shown that there is empathy, caring, and hope.
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