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CCAC donates medical supplies to help fight COVID-19

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County this week donated personal protective equipment to help those on the front lines in the battle with the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of boxes containing hundreds of surgical non-sterile gloves and isolation gowns were collected from the CCAC Nursing and Allied Health departments on all four campuses. The college’s Automotive and HVAC programs based at West Hills Center also donated approximately 1,000 pairs of gloves as well as hundreds of masks for distribution to health care workers in need of protective equipment.

All of the supplies have been transported to Allegheny County Emergency Services for distribution to where they are most needed. The effort was initiated by CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock on Monday following a discussion he had with U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb regarding CCAC resources that could be diverted to help hospitals during the public health crisis. As students are currently not in face-to-face classes, the supplies were not in use so were quickly made available.

“We are extremely fortunate in this region to have an engaged, active and benevolent community, and this donation underscores that generosity,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Thank you for helping to fill this critical need to assist our hospital and healthcare community during this extraordinary time in our county.”

“As an integral part of the community, we believe it is our public duty to do the right thing, especially at such a challenging time as this,” said Dr. Bullock. “All of us at CCAC are very pleased to be able to do our part and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by donating these critical supplies to support our health care providers.”

In a separate collection effort, CCAC’s Public Safety Institute provided 1,400 pairs of sterile exam gloves and one and a half cases of protective, single-use Tyvek suits to Allegheny County EMS Coordinator Keith Morse. The equipment, which is used to train CCAC students in EMS and HAZMAT operations, is the same as is used by professionals in the field.