Los Angeles Unified Provides 100,000 N-95 Masks to Local Hospitals (03-27-20)
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Los Angeles Unified Provides 100,000 N-95 Masks to Local Hospitals
The Los Angeles Unified School District is providing 100,000 N-95 masks to 10 hospitals for use by hospital personnel throughout the communities it serves. As part of its planning for emergencies like this, the school district had purchased personal protective equipment, including masks, to use for other emergencies, including fires.
“We’re all in this together and we will do everything we can to help the communities we serve in time of need,” Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said.
Los Angeles Unified employees and volunteers are using a portion of these masks for staff at the Grab & Go Food Centers it is operating to provide meals to students and families in need. Today, the 64 centers provided 438,872 meals, and Los Angeles Unified also provided 1,503 meals to people in temporary homeless shelters.
“We’re appreciative of the support from Los Angeles Unified,” Dr. John C. Mazziotta, Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health, said. “Our healthcare workers are on the front lines, and we must ensure their protection.”