La Plume – In an effort to help local first responders more safely assist citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic, Keystone College is donating much-needed surgical masks and gloves to the Factoryville Fire/EMS Department.
The college has donated 12 cases of surgical gloves, 15 surgical gowns, and one case of surgical masks to the Factoryville Fire/EMS Department for use by its ambulance crews.
“This donation by Keystone will help our ambulance crews tremendously during this COVID-19 crisis,” said Factoryville Ambulance Lieutenant Tom Schofield. “If we respond to a call that may involve a patient suspected of having COVID-19, we have to wear protective gear when we arrive at the scene and then change into new protective gear when we enter a hospital. This double use will reduce our supply very quickly. This donation will help us extend our supply and we are very grateful to Keystone College for its assistance.”
Keystone College Associate Professor of Public Health Vicki A. Stanavitch, Ph.D. and Laboratory Manager Kayleigh Delfino, MPH were responsible for the donation.
“Since we are now engaged in exclusively online-learning due to the COVID-19 situation, we had an extra supply of gloves and masks. We felt it would be a great idea to donate them to Factoryville to help first responders,” Dr. Stanavitch said.