Georgian College donating unused PPEs, manufacturing face shields to help front liners battle COVID-19

PPEs normally used by students sent to health-care professionals instead

Georgian College is among the many answering the call to provide more personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical professionals battling COVID-19.

The college is donating supplies to health-care professionals across the area, and using its Research and Innovation team to manufacture temporary face shields. As the college’s Health and Wellness programs are being delivered online, the PPEs students would normally use are instead going to health experts. “We’ve mobilized a phenomenal team effort across the college to collect the PPE supplies we are not currently using, including gloves, masks and gowns,” said Fay Lim-Lambie, Dean, Health, Wellness and Sciences. “As a result, more than 105,000 individual PPEs will benefit health partners in need – including hospitals and long-term care facilities.”

Production of more than 600 face shields also took place at the college’s Research and Innovation branch, delivered to Barrie’s Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) to be put to good use. “Going forward, we intend to help companies co-ordinate with RVH as new needs arise,” said Mira Ray, Director, Research and Innovation at Georgian. “We can also be on call to produce short-run items that the hospital or any medical clinic, health-care provider, or essential service the health-care sector needs.”