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Colleges Responses to COVID 19 in Louisiana

December 1, 2020 | Staff Writers

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Most of the nursing professionals and first responders treating patients of COVID 19 received their initial training and education at a local community college. These institutions have been the backbone of higher learning in America for a very long time but the importance of their contributions to society may have been overlooked until now. The colleges’ responses to COVID 19 in Louisiana have proven once again how essential these institutions are to society on so many levels. They provide affordable education and training, give back to their communities, and step up to serve during times of crisis.

 

Bossier Parish Community College

Bossier Parish Community College

The nursing school at Bossier Parish Community College is temporarily closed to in-person learning during the pandemic of COVID 19. While the school is closed faculty and staff have chosen to gather all of the personal protective equipment normally used in training to donate to local facilities that need it most. These items included isolation gowns, gloves, masks, head, and shoe coverings, and more. Faculty and staff also utilized their 3-D printers to develop and make face shields to donate as part of their PPE supplies. The PPE was donated to local fire departments and hospitals.

 

Louisiana College

As campuses have closed to in-person learning many faculty and staff and looking to another way to help during the pandemic. Louisiana College is utilizing the 3-D printer it has on hand for pre-engineering instruction to create face shields for healthcare workers. They have also designed a prototype for N95 masks should they need those as well. They have donated every face shield to local hospitals to protect healthcare workers from COVID 19.

 

The University of Holy Cross

The University of Holy Cross has gathered medical supplies from its School of Nursing to donate to first responders and frontline healthcare workers during the COVDI 19 pandemic.

The supplies that are normally used in nursing simulation labs and class instruction has been gathered and donated.

These items included N95 masks, face shields, surgical masks, isolation gowns, gloves, and more. These items donated to Our Lady of Wisdom in Algiers.

 

Delgado College

Wanting to do their part to answer the call to aid hospitals during the medical supply shortage while they fight COVID 19, Delgado College stepped up in a huge way. They gathered and are loaning 4 respiratory ventilators at this time where many ICU’s do not have enough to treat the many patients needing them. Delgado College also gathered and donated PPE including over 500 N95 masks, isolation gowns, face masks, and gloves.

 

Louisiana Delta Community College

Wanting to make a difference, the art instructors of Louisiana Delta Community College have mobilized and organized the effort to make cloth masks for nursing and rehabilitation residents. They gathered the fabric usually used for class instruction and have sewn masks to donate to those who need them in the local community.

 

Dillard University

Dillard University has gathered medical supplies from its School of Nursing to donate to first responders and frontline healthcare workers during the COVDI 19 pandemic.

The supplies that are normally used in nursing simulation labs and class instruction has been gathered and donated.

These items included N95 masks, face shields, surgical masks, isolation gowns, gloves, and more.

 

The University of Holy Cross

The University of Holy Cross has gathered medical supplies from its School of Nursing to donate to first responders and frontline healthcare workers during the COVDI 19 pandemic.

The supplies that are normally used in nursing simulation labs and class instruction has been gathered and donated.

These items included N95 masks, face shields, surgical masks, isolation gowns, gloves, and more. These items donated to Our Lady of Wisdom in Algiers.

 

Louisiana State University

While on campus in-person learning has transitioned to remote online learning many students of Louisiana State University have navigated through a new normal. With all students taking courses online for spring and summer terms many have had to access WiFi in various parking lots around campus. They have opened up free WiFi spots for the community to use while social distancing. LSU has also been creative in designing N95 masks using 3-D printers. These printers were normally used to create molds, dentures, and splints, they are now being utilized to create life-saving PPE.

 

Community colleges continue to be an essential thread of American society as institutions for learning, training, and now mobilizing for necessary PPE. Community colleges’ responses to COVID 19 in Louisiana have proven how much society depends on these institutions. They have all gathered and mobilized to protect the healthcare professionals and the communities in which they are a part during the crisis of COVID 19.

Do you know of any other amazing college responses to COVID-19? Let us know so we can recognize them and add them to our list!

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