Tuskegee University recently did its part to protect local health care workers on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis.
University leaders and faculty pulled together 500 N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, bonnets, shoe coverings, gloves, goggles and protective gowns to donate to Prime Care Medical Center, a primary care clinic.
“This all started as part of the university’s Community Health Task Force, commissioned in the earliest days of the coronavirus to monitor and react to the virus’ spread,” explained Deloris Alexander, an associate professor and director of Tuskegee’s Integrative Biosciences Ph.D. Program. “We saw a need to partner with our community during this pandemic and noted that donating PPE would have a dramatic impact on preventing the virus’ spread.”
Dr. Deanah Maxwell Stafford, of Prime Care Medical Center, received the donation on behalf of the local health care providers.
“In a time when the relevance and need for historically black colleges and universities has been questioned by state and federal leaders, Tuskegee is working to fulfill for its neighbors and the broader healthcare infrastructure its land-grant mission focused on service,” said Ruby Perry, acting president and dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.