Wilfrid Laurier Responds to Growing Need for PPE in the Community

Wilfrid Laurier University has collected thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) from faculties and offices in their locations. The supplies are being donated to Grand River Hospital and the Brant Community Health System to be distributed to local hospitals and clinics according to need.

In total, the university is donating nearly 12 000 N95 masks, 38 500 disposable gloves and 200 isolation gowns, along with surgical masks, plastic visors, goggles, hand sanitizer and test kits.

The supplies were donated by Laurier’s Student Wellness Centres, the department of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management and labs within the Faculty of Science.

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals in the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic rely on PPE to help contain the spread of the virus. Those front line workers are anticipating shortages in the coming weeks and months and asking businesses and organizations, who may have their own supplies, to donate unused equipment.