During unprecedented times, Colleges have risen and proven again how critical they are to communities and the very fiber of American society. Colleges’ responses to COVID 19 in Virginia have proven their integral part of society not only during prosperous times but especially during difficult times. They have stepped up to donate critical PPE to local hospitals and first responders, they have been innovative in meeting the needs of their students and they have developed other protective equipment to ensure the safety of those on the frontlines.
Colleges Responses to COVID 19 in Virginia
1. Patrick Henry Community College
Patrick Henry Community College was among the first community colleges to design and develop a working prototype for face shields that would protect healthcare workers. They have been able to mass-produce them using their 3-D printers on campus. All of the face shields they have made are being donated to local hospitals and healthcare clinics that are treating CIVOD 19 patients. Patrick Henry has also designated certain parking lots as free WiFi spots to allow students to access their educational resources and courses if they do not have reliable internet access at home.
2. Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
As healthcare facilities began needing more personal protective equipment, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center has stepped up in gathering and donating PPE. While the campus has closed too in-person education and transitioned to an online delivery method faculty and staff have gathered PPE from their anatomy, biology, physiology, and welding courses to donate to Sentra Halifax Regional Hospital. They donated masks, gloves, isolation gowns, head, and shoe covers.
3. Randolph College
Randolph College felt that at a time like this it is important for them to step up and donate personal protective equipment to those that need it most. While classes have moved to a remote online delivery method, Randolph College won’t be using the PPE they usually use in their nursing simulation labs and other training exercises. They gathered masks, face shields, isolation gowns, gloves, and more. All the PPE was donated to Centra Health.
4. Germanna College
As the PPE supply shortage is felt across the country, Virginia also experienced this shortage of necessary supplies to keep first responders safe during the COVID 19 pandemic. Germanna College has gathered and donated all the personal protective equipment that could be found on their campus. Faculty and staff gathered gloves, gowns, masks, face shields, and more from their nursing and health training programs. They donated everything to Mary Washington Healthcare.
5. Southside Virginia Community College
Southside Virginia Community College has stepped up to help the community and local hospitals with PPE they gathered from campus departments to donate during a supply shortage amid a pandemic. Faculty and staff gathered masks, isolation gowns, face shields, sanitizer, head and shoe coverings, and more. SVCC wanted to help their community fight COVID 19 and support first responders while they do this. All PPE they gathered was donated to Sentra Halifax Regional Hospital.
6. Shepherd University
Shepherd University has developed a reusable N95 mask through technology and the use of its 3-D printers. This technology, prototypes, and masks they have made have all been donated to the National Guard. The National Guard has been over the distribution of these masks to ensure that healthcare workers and first responders will have the personal protection they need during the pandemic.
7. Marshall University
As the need for PPE gowns and the shortage depend many colleges and universities have stepped up to either donate PPE they have on-campus or develop and v=create PPE. Marshall University is among those institutions that have stepped up to use their innovative technology and utilize 3-D printers to create PPE. They have 3-D printed face shields and N95 masks to donate to health care workers and first responders. The National Guard has been over the distribution of these masks once they are complete and donated.
8. Danville Community College
While nearly every institution has transitioned to an online delivery method for education, Danville Community College has seen that not every student had access to reliable high-speed internet to make this possible for them. They solved this problem by offering free WiFi parking lots. Students and members of the community can access high-speed internet at these locations to better enable them to continue their education during this challenging time.
9. Blue Ridge Community College
While nearly every institution has transitioned to an online delivery method for education, Blue Ridge Community College seen that not every student had access to reliable high-speed internet to make this possible for them.
They solved this problem by offering free WiFi parking lots. Students and members of the community can access high-speed internet at these locations to better enable them to continue their education during this challenging time.
10. Tidewater Community College
As nearly every institution has transitioned to a remote online delivery method for the remainder of spring and summer terms, Tidewater Community College recognizes this can be a challenge in and of itself for many students. To help alleviate student’s need for personal laptops and internet access, Tidewater has made it possible for students to check out personal laptops as well as numerous areas around each campus with access to free WiFi.
Colleges Responses to COVID 19 in Virginia have proven again how critical these institutions are to society and their local communities. They have stepped up to help those who need it most while continuing serving those that attend. Most of the nursing professionals and first responders protecting and caring for COVID 19 patients began their careers at a local community college.
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