NMSU is gathering protective gear to donate to local hospitals

As healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic face a shortage of personal protective equipment, New Mexico State University is stepping in to help local hospitals in Las Cruces.

“The Las Cruces healthcare community needs N95 respirators or surgical masks, surgical gowns and face shields or goggles,” said Clint Lanier, assistant professor of English at NMSU. “Anything we can spare from our research faculty would help.”

NMSU Police have already donated 8,000 masks to the Office of Emergency Management for area first responders.

Led by Lanier, campus researchers are collecting spare surgical masks, gowns, face shields or goggles to donate to MountainView Regional Medical Center and Memorial Medical Center. The equipment is not used this semester because the laboratories are closed.

For Lanier, the will of EPI is personal.

“My wife is an ER nurse at one of the local hospitals and I became concerned for her and her colleagues watching the rise in cases across the country and reading the reports of lack of equipment found in facilities. health,” Lanier said. “According to research, the worst is yet to come for our region, so hopefully we can ease their burden by getting them the supplies we have at NMSU as soon as possible.”

NMSU has determined that it can legally donate these supplies in response to need during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. NMSU Police will organize and secure protective equipment and sort it for hospitals to collect.

Community members interested in helping NMSU students, faculty, and staff can donate to the Aggie Cupboard at https://mas.nmsu.edu/project/6947/donate. The NMSU Foundation has also established the Aggie Emergency Fund to help students with housing and other unforeseen expenses due to the impact on their studies of the coronavirus pandemic. Visit https://mas.nmsu.edu/project/20622 for more information.

Minerva Baumann writes for New Mexico State University Marketing and Communications and can be reached at 575-646-7566, [email protected]

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