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West Virginia Laborers' District Council Helps Local Hospital, Donates Personal Protective Equipment

Parkersburg, Wv. (March 23, 2020) – Today, the West Virginia and Appalachian Laborers’ District Council donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Camden Clark Medical Center.

With training classes suspended because of COVID-19, the West Virginia Laborers’ Training Center collected its available supplies. This included 20 N95 respirators, nine boxes of latex gloves, six cans of Lysol spray, three boxes of TYVEK suits, and two boxes of PPE cleaning pads.

“As important as it is to use PPE in our training classes to simulate health and safety measures, hospital staff and patients have a much greater need for our PPE right now,” said Ross McPherson, Administrator of the West Virginia Laborers’ Training Center.

Health care facilities across the country are struggling to access sufficient supplies.

“West Virginia may have fewer COVID-19 cases compared to other states, but that doesn’t mean that our hospitals should operate with fewer supplies,” said Craig Harvey, Business Manager of the West Virginia Laborers’ District Council.

Camden Clark Medical Center is one of eleven hospitals that form the West Virginia University Health System.

“We very much appreciate the generosity of the Laborers and many other groups like the Health Sciences Division at WVU Parkersburg, Wood County Technical Center, and Woodcraft whose donations help ensure that our team at Camden Clark remains prepared to manage the COVID-19 outbreak as we work to maintain the health and wellness of the community we serve,” said MarJean Kennedy, VP Marketing, Development, and Strategic Initiatives at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center.

The West Virginia Laborers’ District Council is in communication with the West Virginia University Health System to coordinate delivery of its donation.

“The fight to help our medical community is imperative in defeating COVID-19, and we are welcoming the opportunity to do our part,” said Jessie King, Business Manager of Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local Union 1085.

The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Mid-Atlantic Region represents more than 40,000 working men and women predominantly in the construction industry in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, Virginia and North Carolina.