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 Delaware 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.
Delaware Technical Community College
Delaware Technical Community College teamed up with Sussex Emergency Medical Responders to host a personal protective equipment drive to gather and collect as much PPE as they could. Items that were gathered included, masks, N95 masks, gloves, sanitizer, wipes, and more. All items were new and unopened. These items were gathered by first responders form many residents within the community desiring to help protect healthcare workers and first responders from COVID 19 as they treat patients during this time.
University of Delaware
As the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations ticks up, so does the medical community’s demand for personal protective items. With a supply shortage looming over most of the country, many institutions for higher learning have stepped up to help fill the gap. The University of Delaware has gathered and donated gloves, masks, and other personal protective equipment to the Delaware Emergency Management Agency. While the campus has been closed to in-person education, labs and other instruction that requires PPE have been postponed, all that PPE has been donated to be used at this time where it is needed most. Faculty and students of The University of Delaware have developed and manufactured face masks utilizing their 3-D printers on campus. These are different from any other mask printed on a 3-D printer.
They only take 10 minutes to make and use a HEPA filter. They are able to produce 2,000 per day with this unique design. Faculty has also produced face shields and sewn fabric masks.
Delaware County Community College
Seeking to do all they can to aid those in need at this time Delaware County Community College has chosen to gather and donate necessary PPE for local healthcare facilities in Delaware and Chester County. They donated disposable gloves, surgical gowns, hand sanitizer, biohazard bags, and other equipment. The school also loaned a ventilator from its Allied Health Program.
The ventilator is typically used to train students being trained in respiratory therapy, but while the campus is closed they felt it would be more useful to have the ventilator available to treat patients of COVID 19.
Colleges’ responses to COVID 19 in Delaware have proven the essential role they play in communities in which they are apart. These institutions have provided courses for students to ensure their well-being during uncertain times, they have selflessly donated thousands of items of PPE and ventilators. Communities have benefitted greatly from the role of these unique and affordable institutions that are part of their communities.
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