Alamance Community College has committed to helping employees at county agencies in need of protective gear to prevent exposure to the coronavirus.
Gloves, masks, gowns and other items normally intended for use by students in Biotechnology and Nursing – as well as gear from Medical Assisting, Nurse Aide, and Medical Laboratory Technology – are being released to various Alamance County agencies.
The ACC Foundation, in coordination with Health and Public Services, reached out to department heads recently to stockpile the items.
“We are talking thousands of masks and gloves, plus isolation gowns as well,” said David Frazee, Dean of Health and Public Services. “I am happy we can contribute in some way to help defray the shortage of protective gear desperately needed by our many front line health care providers working in the field.”
Other items that college health programs are contributing include N95 masks (medical or industrial), surgical masks, goggles, safety glasses, packaged medical-grade swabs for testing, disposable surgical gowns, shoe covers, and hair/head caps.
The Foundation Office staff and its director, Carolyn Rhode, created a spreadsheet for the purpose of inventorying the items. Frazee said his office is placing the identified items in a secured location at the College.
Debbie Hatfield, Alamance County Emergency Management Coordinator, has been provided ACC’s inventory list in order to make determinations on which items are needed and accepted, reported David Prevatte, Alamance Community College Public Safety Chief. Prevatte is coordinating the distribution of those items.
Hatfield has already worked with ACC to provide 300 surgical masks to staff members at Alamance County Department of Social Services (DSS), and 50 face shields and 100 isolation gowns to Peak Resources Alamance Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. More agencies are expected to be provided items in the coming days and weeks.
The College’s inventory of such items will be reimbursed by FEMA once the health crisis is over, said Prevatte.
Said ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood: “What the College is doing is nothing short of practicing what our name stands for – and that is ‘community’. We have always been, and will continue to be especially in these trying times, focused on the needs of our community. We feel donating these badly needed items is precisely what we should be doing to help our fellow citizens and health care workers. It’s what the community college is all about.”