DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Millikin University has donated supplies to Decatur-area hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donations came from the supply of the biology, chemistry and nursing departments at the university.
A Millikin spokesperson said about 50-60 boxes of nitrile gloves were donated, including about 25-30 each to Decatur Memorial Hospital and HSHS St. Mary's Hospital). About 200 pairs of safety glasses were split evenly between those hospitals.
“Millikin University is very fortunate to have strong relationships with a variety of community organizations, including DMH and St. Mary's," said Millikin Chemistry Department Chair Dr. Paris Barnes. "Our biology and chemistry departments are glad that we can return their generosity during a time when resources at medical facilities are used quickly. We are thankful for our healthcare providers and all they do for our community and are happy to donate the personal protective equipment we had."
On Tuesday, Gov. JB Pritzker made a statement about shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. He asked for surgery centers, veterinarians and others with unused PPE to donate during this time of need.
The Illinois Department of Public Health issued guidance meant to limit non-essential adult elective surgery, along with medical, surgical and dental procedures, to help ensure more PPE is available.