Operation Protect collects 1.25 million pieces of PPE for BC

Operation Protect a hit

Operation Protect came through in a big way for B.C.'s health-care workers.

The SafeCare BC drive exceeded its goal of one million donated pieces of personal protective equipment by 250,000 items.

Operation Protect launched three months ago in response to the shortage of PPE that many continuing care workers faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The donated equipment has been put into the provincial supply, and has also directly helped 225 health-care organizations with emergency supplies of PPE. 

The campaign collected 92,300 N95 masks, 350,000 pairs of exam gloves, 51,000 pieces of eye protection, 705,000 surgical masks, 34,500 protective gowns, 13,400 disinfectant wipes, and 3,495 litres of hand sanitizer.

“We’ve been consistently heartened by the support Operation Protect has received,” says Jen Lyle, CEO of SafeCare BC. “Whether it’s making a donation of PPE, providing in-kind services or a monetary donation to support the initiative, British Columbians have stepped up in a big way to assist health-care workers during these challenging times.”

Unused and unopened protective equipment can still be donated to Operation Protect at www.safecarebc.ca/operationprotect or [email protected]

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