Erin Blasko | April 13, 2020
Members of the University of Notre Dame community with connections to China, including students, parents of students, alumni, faculty and staff, have donated nearly $40,000 toward the coronavirus response in St. Joseph County — specifically for personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers and others who may come into close contact with the virus.
The equipment, from China, includes face masks and protective suits for St. Joseph County Unified Command (SJCUC), which is responsible for coordinating the coronavirus response with local governments, hospitals, nursing homes and other public and private stakeholders in St. Joseph County.
Parents and alumni in China are helping to source the goods and to ensure they meet U.S. manufacturing, health and safety standards. The first shipment of about 10,000 masks will arrive in South Bend in the coming days.
The bulk of the nearly $40,000 was donated by the parents of Chinese students who remain on campus despite suspended in-person classes and closed dorms because of ongoing travel and re-entry restrictions in the U.S. and China.
Those students, and others who cannot return home because of the virus, were relocated to a single location on campus, outside of the dorms, after spring break.
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