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Published March 30, 2020
Members of the University of Wyoming and Laramie communities can donate unused personal protective equipment (PPE) to help increase supplies for hospitals and medical centers across Wyoming during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wyoming Technology Coronavirus Coalition (WTCC) is an organization that is working to confront the challenges of the coronavirus in the state. The WTCC will host a medical supply drive Wednesday, April 1, from noon-4 p.m. in the UW Merica Hall parking area. Those interested can donate any unused PPE -- opened or unopened. The WTCC will collect and distribute all donations to hospitals and medical centers throughout the state.
Priority items are:
-- Sterile and non-sterile gloves -- preferably latex-free.
-- Respirator masks -- N95, N99, P100 of all sizes and filters.
-- Surgical masks.
-- Clear face shields.
-- Disposal gowns.
Other items needed are:
-- Hand sanitizer.
-- Bleach bottles or sprays.
-- Bleach wipes.
-- Isopropyl alcohol.
-- Eye protection and goggles.
-- Powered air purifying respirators -- 3M or MaxAir and unused hoods, filters, batteries, chargers and tubes to go with these units.
-- Shoe covers.
-- Biohazard bags.
-- Sharps containers.
“If you have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not donate your supplies,” says Samantha Alford, who is leading the medical supply drive project for the WTCC. “We want to protect all WTCC volunteers who are collecting supplies so we will use precautions. Please maintain 6 feet of distance between people as you approach our donation table.”
Alford, a master’s student in the UW Department of Zoology and Physiology, originally from Luray, Va., is responsible for organizing volunteers to gather hospital contact information, supply needs and where to ship donations.
For more information about the April 1 medical supply drive, email Alford at email@example.com.
Additionally, John Connett, a master technician in the UW Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, has been collecting donated PPE from various departments and offices in the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Donated items will go to Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie.
Connett says he will accept supplies from other colleges and departments on campus. Those wishing to donate can email Connett at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text him at (307) 761-0960.