Columbus State donates to assist with coronavirus-related shortages
Campus News | Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Attached picture: Left, Columbus State Police Officer Jonnathan Sanchez with Marty Maliwesky, associate vice president of Academic Affairs, with the donations loaded in the van.
As the nation’s medical community puts out the call for personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers, Columbus State is pitching in. On Tuesday afternoon, the College donated more than 15,000 gloves and hundreds of medical gowns and safety glasses.
Marty Maliwesky, associate vice president of Academic Affairs, used his personal van to pick up the supplies at the Columbus Campus and deliver them to Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS). That agency distributes the supplies to hospitals and first responders.
The effort to collect the supplies began last week and included multiple departments. A dean determined there would be an acceptable number of PPEs to donate while leaving a few on campus until new supplies can be obtained after the coronavirus quarantines are lifted.
Hospitality Management donated 10,000 gloves that would typically be used for culinary classes. With all classes temporarily being delivered virtually, the gloves are not needed currently. Two other departments, Nursing and Biological & Physical Sciences, donated hundreds of medical gowns and safety glasses.
If you know anyone who would like to donate to FCEMC&HS, information is at this link.