Cuyahoga Community College this week donated hundreds of boxes of respiratory masks, gloves and other protective equipment to health professionals working on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said.

The desperately needed supplies came from academic programs across the college. The protective gear was intended for use in hands-on instruction at Tri-C, according to Tri-C President Alex Johnson. Those classes are not in session given a shift to remote instruction to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Shortages of masks and gloves have created challenges for health care workers and first responders already straining to meet demands created by the virus. 

“In extraordinary times such as this, it’s critical that we all work together to meet community needs,” Mr. Johnson said. “The College is doing its part to protect those delivering treatment and providing safe care for patients.” 

Tri-C staff emptied shelves while gathering supplies at every campus. Items came from nursing and health career programs, culinary class kitchens, plant science labs, manufacturing workspaces and other sites.

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