DANVERS — Superintendent Heidi Riccio reports that Essex Tech recently donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to several area health care facilities and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department to help protect staff as well as patients from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“We’ve been working tirelessly to support our students, families, faculty and staff throughout this situation, and donating these items presented itself as a way for our District to also make a difference for our local healthcare and Sheriff’s Department workers,” Superintendent Riccio said. “We’re happy to be able to support professionals in our community who need these supplies, and hopefully these masks, gloves, and gowns will help fill the need they have for these items.”
Between Friday, March 20 and Monday, March 23, Essex Tech packaged and donated more than 1,000 protective masks, including N95 masks, 5,000 examination gloves, approximately 40 coveralls and more than 1,000 protective eye glasses to facilities including North Shore Medical Center ED (Salem Campus), Brigham and Women’s Faulkner ED, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Beverly Hospital ED, Beth Israel ICU, Boston Medical Center, Addison Gilbert, Mount Auburn Hospital ED, Lowell General ED, MelroseWakefield Healthcare, Care Dimensions, Lynn Fire Department, Beverly Hospital, Brooksby Village and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.
“The Essex County Sheriff’s Department maintains a great partnership with the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School and once again Superintendent-Director Heidi Riccio and her staff have delivered for us,” said Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger. “We recently reached out in search of supplies to help keep our staff and inmate population safe during this COVID-19 outbreak, and the school came through with a large donation of gloves, lab coats, and safety goggles. This donation will be of great assistance to our department as we continue to work together against the coronavirus threat.”
Essex Tech’s donations were made possible by administrators, faculty and staff who volunteered to help organize and package the supplies.