NEWPORT, R.I. \u2014 The Community College of Rhode Island has donated a variety of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, announced the college\u2019s Vice President of Academic Affairs Rosemary Costigan.\n\nHEALTH has urged all manufacturers, suppliers and researchers to donate much-needed medical supplies in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, which has resulted in more than 217,000 positive cases nationwide and more than 500 in Rhode Island, as of April 1.\n\nCCRI\u2019s donations include:\n\n\n\n \t337 N95 masks\n \t2,310 surgical masks\n \t640 gowns\n \t440 disposable lab coats\n \t63,820 pairs of surgical gloves\n \t5 bottles of 67-ounce alcohol-based sanitizer\n \t7 bottles of 7-ounce alcohol-based sanitizer\n \t10 bottles of 18-ounce alcohol-based sanitizer\n \t23 containers of Sani-Cloth wipes\n \t18 containers of Lysol\n \t2 containers of Chlorox germicidal bleach\n \t2 boxes of cotton swabs\n\n\n\u201cI am so proud of our college for coming together to support those on the front lines fighting this virus,\u201d Costigan said.\u00a0 \u201cAs a college that produces more healthcare professionals than any other in Rhode Island, we have a community of faculty, staff, and students \u2013 many of whom go to school while working in the healthcare field \u2013 who uniquely understand the challenges healthcare professionals and first responders face during this pandemic. We are here to support their efforts any way we can.\u201d\n\nIn addition, several faculty and staff have come together to sew masks for healthcare professionals. The volunteer initiative was started by CCRI\u2019s Enrollment services Representative Dawn Barlow, whose husband works as an ER nurse at The Miriam Hospital.\u00a0 Barlow has already collected 400 hand-sewn masks, which are now being put to good use at area hospitals.\n\nAbout CCRI\nThe Community College of Rhode Island, New England\u2019s largest community college, enrolls nearly 20,000 students in credit-bearing programs and an additional 8,500 individuals in workforce development programs and adult education courses annually. CCRI also provides transportation education and certification to 14,000 Rhode Islanders each year. Classes and programs are offered at CCRI\u2019s full-service campuses in Warwick, Lincoln, Providence and Newport, online and in partnership with the Westerly Education Center. For more information, visit\u00a0www.ccri.edu.