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More than 765,000 donated PPE items collected for B.C. health care workers

Last Updated May 11, 2020 at 3:20 pm PDT

FILE - Personal protective equipment is seen in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The health and safety association for BC care providers is approaching its goal of collecting one million items of PPE

More than 765,000 items have been contributed to Operation Protect so far

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A drive to round up protective gear for health care workers in B.C. has managed to collect hundreds of thousands of items, almost reaching its goal of one-million.

SafeCare BC, the health and safety association for the province’s care providers, launched Operation Protect several weeks ago to gather donations like masks, gloves, gowns, and sanitizer.

So far, 765,000 PPE items have been collected from more than 550 donors for those working in long term care homes, hospitals and other facilities.

“The response we have received so far from individuals and businesses by donating supplies and equipment has been inspiring,” says Jen Lyle, CEO, SafeCare BC. “With PPE supplies still tenuous, we are inviting British Columbians to help us reach our goal of collecting one million items of personal protective equipment to help keep health care workers safe.”

Unused and unopened protective equipment can be donated online or through email at info@safecarebc.ca.