PHOENIX COLLEGE PROVIDES CRITICAL DONATIONS FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT
PHOENIX (April 3, 2020) – The number of Coronavirus cases continues to rise in Arizona and across the country. Those on the front lines are in dire need of personal protection equipment, (PPE) as shortages of the most essential tools are becoming widespread. Phoenix College is doing its part to combat this problem by donating $8,000 worth of supplies which includes PPE and other equipment from its Allied Health programs to local community partners.
The college is currently redistributing personal protection equipment from its Phlebotomy, Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Lab Technology programs to help those in the medical field during this crisis. Allied Health programs at Phoenix College currently serve more than 600 students.
Phoenix College will share its supply of gloves, gowns, face shields, and masks with its community partners, which include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph’s Clinical Laboratory and Chandler Regional Hospital. The college is also donating two ventilators to medical professionals at this time. The ventilators are crucial for those battling severe cases of the Coronavirus and anticipated to be in short supply.
“We are proud to support our allied health partners since we work collaboratively to educate and to train the current and future workforce members.” said Maria Reyes, Dean of Industry & Public Service Academic Affairs of Phoenix College. “it was critically important that we answer the request from our partners to provide any resources we could.”
The United States Department of Labor states that the spread of Covid-19 can be hindered by using a combination of standard precautions, contact precautions, airborne precautions, and eye protection (e.g., goggles or face shields) to protect healthcare workers with exposure to the virus. PPE is necessary to keep workers on the frontlines safe from contracting and/or spreading the virus.
Phoenix College has shifted all classes to an online format and will not reopen in-person classes until it is deemed safe to do so. In the meantime, the college will continue to share its PPE supplies with its community partners.
About Phoenix College:
Phoenix College is the flagship of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. The College will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2020. Phoenix College offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 17,000 students annually.