CCRI Donates Thousands of Personal Protective Equipment Items

NEWPORT, R.I. — 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’s Vice President of Academic Affairs Rosemary Costigan.

HEALTH 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.

CCRI’s donations include:

  • 337 N95 masks
  • 2,310 surgical masks
  • 640 gowns
  • 440 disposable lab coats
  • 63,820 pairs of surgical gloves
  • 5 bottles of 67-ounce alcohol-based sanitizer
  • 7 bottles of 7-ounce alcohol-based sanitizer
  • 10 bottles of 18-ounce alcohol-based sanitizer
  • 23 containers of Sani-Cloth wipes
  • 18 containers of Lysol
  • 2 containers of Chlorox germicidal bleach
  • 2 boxes of cotton swabs

“I am so proud of our college for coming together to support those on the front lines fighting this virus,” Costigan said.  “As a college that produces more healthcare professionals than any other in Rhode Island, we have a community of faculty, staff, and students – many of whom go to school while working in the healthcare field – 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.”

In addition, several faculty and staff have come together to sew masks for healthcare professionals. The volunteer initiative was started by CCRI’s Enrollment services Representative Dawn Barlow, whose husband works as an ER nurse at The Miriam Hospital.  Barlow has already collected 400 hand-sewn masks, which are now being put to good use at area hospitals.

About CCRI

The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s 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’s full-service campuses in Warwick, Lincoln, Providence and Newport, online and in partnership with the Westerly Education Center. For more information, visit

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