INBRE Faculty Donate Medical Supplies to Gritman in COVID-19 Support
March 31, 2020
Idaho INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research) administrators donated about 33 boxes of personal protective equipment from a previous National Institutes of Health (NIH) research project to Gritman Medical Center as the hospital prepares for COVID-19. Retired laboratory technician Claudia Deobald alerted INBRE Associate Director Scott Minnich that Gritman needed the equipment. INBRE Director Carolyn Hovde Bohach received word from NIH that surplus equipment donation was encouraged to fight against COVID-19.
The Minnich and Bohach equipment was for plague vaccine research that ended about eight years ago and had been in storage in their Ag Biotech Building laboratories in Moscow.
Gritman collected the material on Sunday, which included disposable gowns, pants, sleeves, booties and three power air purifying respirators. Gritman personnel told U of I they welcomed the donation, which increases their personal protective equipment inventory.
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