Most of the first responders were trained and educated at one of the 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 West Virginia 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.
Here are Colleges’ Responses to COVID 19 in West Virginia!
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
Wanting to do their part to help during the pandemic, Southern West Virginia Community Technical College has utilized its 3-D printers to produce medical-grade masks that are being donated to local healthcare facilities. They have been running the 3-D printers around the clock to produce masks.
West Virginia Northern Community College
Faculty and staff at West Virginia Community College have wanted to help protect their healthcare workers and communities during these unprecedented times. They have used the 3-D printers on campus to produce N95 masks to donate. The masks were made to medical-grade requirements and are being sent to the West Virginia Nation Guard. The West Virginia Nation Guard is distributing PPE and N95 masks to where they are needed most at this time.
Bluefield State College
Students of Bluefield State College biomedical club have stepped up to help produce personal protective equipment to alleviate the shortage so many hospitals are experiencing during the pandemic. Students have created N95 masks to donate to hospitals across the state. The club has been able to produce 30 masks per week to donate.
Wanting to do their part to help during the pandemic, Shepherd University has utilized its numerous 3-D printers to produce medical-grade masks that are being donated to local healthcare facilities. They have been running the 3-D printers around the clock to produce masks.
In addition to face masks, Shepherd University has also produced face shields using their 3-D printers to donate as well.
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
As the school and its services have been limited during the pandemic caused by COVID 19, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine has still served its students and community during this time. They have organized food drives and a drop of points where donations can be safely made to help those in need. They have continued offering “Meals on Wheels” and Meals to the Elderly throughout the pandemic. They have worked alongside the county to continue serving those in need.
West Virginia University
The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences along with the Biology Department at West Virginia University have united to gather and collect PPE to donate to local healthcare facilities that need it at this time. As word spread that there was a severe shortage of personal protective equipment in West Virginia faculty stepped in and organized a huge donation to help alleviate the shortage. Thousands of items of PPE were donated including masks, isolation gowns, gloves, head coverings, shoe coverings, and more. Due to the high volume of research performed at West Virginia University, multiple truck-loads of PPE were gathered and donated to local healthcare facilities. Faculty and students of the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design have taken it upon them to design and sew 10,000 face masks for the community. They have been able to produce masks costing $.55 apiece to contribute the effort to slow the virus. The college has kept its student food pantry open throughout the pandemic and school closure to assist students needing food at this time.
Marshall University has launched a number of initiatives during the COVID-19 public health care crisis. Using 3-D printers on campus to manufacture personal protective equipment for health care workers and first responders, the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall (RCBI) partnered with the West Virginia National Guard to disseminate the PPE. RCBI is also working to provide every faculty member with a face shield in preparation for the fall academic term.
Additional measures generated by Marshall personnel include the efforts of several professors who spearheaded projects to produce cloth masks. The West Virginia Mask Army initiative, a network of men and women across the state who sewed masks at their homes, has delivered thousands of face coverings across the Mountain State. Other outreaches included the production of hand sanitizer by faculty, staff and students at the school of pharmacy and a beefed-up student food pantry by the department of dietetics, among other projects.
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 West Virginia 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.
Please contact us if you have any other colleges in West Virginia that have made an impact on COVID 19.