Beginning Monday, March 30, all Northwest Florida State College in-person classes and student support services move to an online/virtual platform. As a result, many of our health science programs are left with a surplus of personal protective equipment (PPE). Supplies such as exam gloves, sterile gloves, masks and gowns were gathered from the Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic, Dental Assisting, Radiography and Nursing Programs and donated to the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County’s Emergency Support Function – 8 (ESF-8).
“DOH-Okaloosa relies on local partnerships to help us keep Okaloosa County healthy,” said Carrie Ziegler Assistant Director of the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County. “This generous donation from Northwest Florida State College will be distributed to healthcare partners serving our community.”
Coordinating efforts with ESF-8 ensures these supplies will be dispersed to agencies with the greatest need. “We are all in this together,” said NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “I am proud of our health sciences department under the leadership of Dr. Charlotte Kuss and their willingness to put community first with this donation of PPE to our local health department. We are prepared to do all we can to protect those who are on the frontline of the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.”
For more information regarding Northwest Florida State College’s response to COVID-19/Coronavirus, please visit www.nwfsc.edu/coronavirus
Photo Caption: Sergeant Jo Culberson, NWFSC Campus Safety and Security, and Dr. Charlotte Kuss, Dean of Health Sciences, help load donations of personal protective equipment to Mr. Shayne Stewart, DOH Public Health Preparedness Branch Director