Photo caption: Medical supplies donated to area hospitals by MCC’s health sciences and mathematics and science departments.
As part of its commitment to the community, Mott Community College (MCC) is reaching out in multiple ways to ensure the health and safety of Flint and Genesee County. The health sciences department will lend ventilators, used in laboratory demonstrations and for experiential learning, to all three local hospitals during the coronavirus crisis.
The health sciences and science and mathematics departments also donated classroom and lab supplies to the three area hospitals on March 23 including:
- 1000 nurse bouffant caps
- 500 shoe covers
- 12 sterile drapes
- 700 masks (paper with ties)
- 250 masks with shields
- 30 tubs of sanitary wipes
- nitrile gloves (more than 15,000 pair)
- vinyl gloves (more than 1500 pair)
Additionally, the college will host a blood drive in cooperation with the American Red Cross and Hurley Medical Center in the event center on the main campus in Flint, March 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. To register to donate blood visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=MOTT&fbclid=IwAR36lzaEh-Uyniiw-eUY2CpJiKTDBjhpkRQJZruDRLvsNDxvNi-ms_8kYmo .
“It is an honor to be able to help local hospitals with supplies needed to address the current health crisis,” said MCC President Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “It is imperative that we all do what we can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health and safety of our community.”
To help students, faculty and staff navigate tele-learning and tele-working during this time, the college has established a COVID-19 page which has important information and resources at https://www.mcc.edu/campus-safety/covid-19-coronavirus.shtml#breadcrumbs2
The college has cancelled all events and gatherings regardless of their size through the end of May 4. Students, faculty and staff should continue to monitor their MCC email and for all updates. The public is encouraged to visit www.mcc.edu/Coronavirus for the most recent notifications about college operations. The website address is case sensitive.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer called upon Michiganders and businesses to donate items needed most by hospitals and medical providers.
Several Michigan businesses have stepped up in the last two weeks to manufacture personal protective equipment for Michiganders. On March 24, Ford, 3M, the UAW and GE Health Care announced a partnership to manufacture respirators to help Michiganders fight the spread of COVID-19. Distilleries like Coppercraft Distillery in Holland and Mammoth Distilling in Traverse City have announced plans to manufacture and distribute hand sanitizer to health care providers in their areas.
Donations of essential items will be used to meet medical providers’ most pressing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are the material donations most needed by hospitals. This list will be updated as efforts continue to progress.
Items most needed at this time include:
- hospital gowns
- sanitizer (hand/wipe)
- surgical masks
- masks N95-N100
- no-touch thermometers
Donations can be directed to the Michigan Community Service Commission at COVID19donations@michigan.gov or 517-335-4295.