The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College received a donation of 2,500 non-medical KN-95 masks as a result of COVID-19 prevention and safety measures supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA).

This month, the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) in cooperation with the State of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) are distributing one million masks to college and universities throughout the state. FEMA with the help of Ohio EMA is making over 9 million masks available for public distribution via various state departments and agencies.

facial mask delivery to Davis Library

Courier service (Priority Dispatch) used to deliver library materials requested through OhioLINK services delivers donated facial mask to the Davis Library.

The courier system used by Ohio libraries is transporting the masks to where they are needed. Upon arrival, Davis Library delivered the donated items to Rio Grande’s Health Services Department, a division of the institution’s Student Affairs Office that helps to ensure the health and wellness of the entire campus community.

“We are so grateful to receive such high-quality masks at no cost! We most definitely have a need for them and appreciate Davis Library efforts to secure the donation,” Marlene Childers, Director of Health Services remarked as members of the Davis Library Staff presented her with the shipment.

Rio Grande requires facial coverings and social distancing in public areas both in and out of the classroom. Masks has been proven effective in slowing the spread coronavirus and are essential to the Davis Library’s ability to continue to serve its patrons at the level they expect and deserve.

Davis Library Staff with Director of Health Services

Davis Library Staff (L to R: Deb Thompson, Tim Snow, and Amy Wilson) present Marlene Childers, Director of Health Services, with donated facial masks from FEMA/Ohio EMA via ODHE and OhioLINK.

Most buildings on campus, like the Davis Library, make disposable masks available for free. So, if you have forgotten your mask or need an extra or clean one, please stop by the Circulation Desk on the Main Floor and “Ask Us!” to help you “Mask Up Rio!