On Tuesday (March 24), Trent University delivered a large donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing to Peterborough Regional Health Centre for front-line healthcare workers.
The donation includes several thousand pairs of gloves, coveralls, boot covers, surgical and N-95 masks, and hospital gowns, as well as cases of soap, sanitizer, and disinfectant cleaners.
Since Trent University is operating with a reduced campus presence, with employees now working remotely, the supplies were not being used.
The donation was made available through the collaborative efforts by several university departments — including Nursing, Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, the School of the Environment, and Facilities Management — on Monday (March 23) and delivered to the hospital the following day.
“This was an impressive showcase of collaboration at its best, a coordinated effort across multiple departments all in the interest of protecting public health in our community,” explains Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “It is important for Trent to support where we can as our community navigates uncharted terrain in flattening the curve with this virus.”
Trent University is also continuing to explore other ways that it can best contribute to the community response to COVID-19, according to a media release.