The University System of Georgia is working to redirect personal protective equipment, and other critical medical supplies from the state’s public universities and colleges to health care workers fighting COVID-19.
Public safety and emergency management personnel at all 26 USG institutions are coordinating with departments on each campus to inventory and collect these supplies, which are typically used for everything from research and campus maintenance to nursing programs and on-campus health clinics.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Georgia Department of Public Health will determine where the supplies are needed most across the state.
“Across our state, Georgians are working tirelessly to coordinate efforts in our fight against COVID-19,” Gov. Brian Kemp said. “I applaud the University System of Georgia for taking action to keep our health care workforce and communities safe and healthy in the weeks ahead. We are all in this fight together.”
So far, USG has provided:
- 38 ventilators
- 375,755 pairs of gloves
- 19,718 surgical and N96 masks
- 18,020 medical gowns, coveralls and accessories, including hair and shoe covers
- 2,061 pairs of goggles and face shields
- 1,757 sanitizing supplies, including hand sanitizer, spray sanitizer and sanitizing wipes
- 300 thermometers
“The University System of Georgia and our 26 institutions will continue to do all we can to support our healthcare workers at the frontlines of this fight,” USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley said. “I am grateful to Governor Kemp for his leadership, and appreciate the help and collaboration from GEMA and DPH to get this done.”
The USG is also partnering with GEMA and DPH to help expand Georgia’s COVID-19 testing capabilities. This includes conducting research to develop COVID-19 therapies, using 3D-printed parts to build makeshift medical gear, and sewing masks for healthcare workers and hospitals.