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OSU collects thousands of masks, gloves for health care workers

Oregon State University is providing supplies to healthcare workers in Oregon as they confront a growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 8:40 AM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 10:45 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University is providing supplies to health care workers in Oregon as they confront a growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state. 

Faculty and employees collected around 200,000 pairs of gloves and more than 8,000 face masks on Monday and Tuesday. According to officials, the supplies were then distributed to county emergency centers across the state and will be returned to OSU if not needed. 

In a news release by the university, Benton County's Emergency Manager Bryan Lee said operations of all area health care facilities would have been "severely hampered" without the supplies. 

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“These resources are literally saving lives and keeping our health care system supported,” Lee said in the release.

Items collected included:

  • Nearly 200,000 pairs of gloves
  • More than 6,000 surgical masks
  • Almost 2,300 N95 medical masks
  • More than 1,700 gowns and aprons
  • More than 700 lab coats
  • More than 150 disposable coveralls
  • More than 75 face shields

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