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USD Gathers Protective Equipment for Local Health Care Workers

A glimpse of the donated personal protective equipment USD collected. USD collected an abundance of personal protective equipment and donated it to local South Dakota health care systems.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota community donated an abundance of personal protective equipment to local health care systems after President Sheila K. Gestring requested the campus be searched for excess supplies.

For two weeks, the university held an equipment collection drive to gather essential supplies for health care communities that have been in danger of running short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After searching labs, closets and classrooms, the university community donated the following.

  • Over 250 boxes of disposable gloves
  • 1,500 disposable masks, includes both N-95 respirators and surgical masks
  • 50 pairs of safety glasses
  • Hundreds of disposable jackets and gowns

“We were not surprised by the generosity of the USD community, and we are so grateful to everyone who donated supplies,” said Kevin O’Kelley, assistant vice president for research compliance and lead of the collection drive. “As the impacts of COVID-19 worsens, every donation counts.”

The protective equipment was distributed to Sesdac in Vermillion, the Vermillion Fire EMS Department, Sanford Vermillion and LifeScape in Sioux Falls.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News