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Campus Community Donates Essential Medical Supplies

Cornell campus community
Ithaca, New York
Boxes with medical supplies and a handwritten note that says, NY get well soon.

As hospitals across the country try to manage a surge in coronavirus patients while also facing a global shortage in the protective gear needed to treat them, the Cornell community has banded together to donate crucial medical supplies to local health care providers. “We have a lot of people working on the entire university effort,” said Frank Cantone, director of Cornell’s Office of Emergency Management, who has served as point person for the collection. “It’s easy to focus on a lot of the negatives of what’s happening, but in true fashion, we’ve got a lot of campus community members who are pulling together, even in very frustrating, scary and uncertain times.”

Faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students, university staff – everyone has stepped up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cantone said. Research facilities across campus turned into impromptu staging areas for collection. The College of Veterinary Medicine alone donated 900 N95 respirators to CMC, as well as swabs for sample testing, and is looking into providing animal ventilators that can also be used for humans. Even groups not directly linked to technical or medical research, like MBA students in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, took up the call.

Read the full story by David Nutt, Cornell Chronicle