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March 26, 2020

SVSU provides storage space for medical equipment donated to fight COVID-19 virus

As local health care organizations stock up on supplies while the fight against the COVID-19 virus intensifies, Saginaw Valley State University leaders committed a secure space for storing items that could prove critical to protecting the region's nurses and doctors. 
 
Through a partnership with Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, SVSU this week began providing space in its Ryder Center facility to store items such as disposable latex gloves, N-95 masks, medical face shields and gowns, and hand sanitizer. 
 
“SVSU is committed to assisting the community as we face this public health crisis,” said James Muladore, SVSU executive vice president for administration and business affairs. 
 
“We plan to provide this site for our health care communities and maintain it for as long as needed.” 
 
Representatives from the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and Michigan Health Improvement Alliance have been collecting the donated items from across the community. Those representatives then drop off the donations in the secured room at the university, where the items will remain until health care officials request the additional resources. 
 
The stockpile continues to grow daily -- a delivery of thousands of disposable latex gloves arrived this afternoon -- with plenty of room remaining for additional items, SVSU officials say.