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U of G donates medical supplies to help in COVID-19 fight

Photo of hand sanitizer (photo courtesy of Dixon's Distillers)The U of G is donating medical supplies, including masks and other needed personal protective equipment to local public health authorities to help in the COVIID-19 fight

The University has been working with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to coordinate the best way to donate supplies the University had on hand.

Plans are also underway to provide disinfectant wipes, nitrile gloves, hand sanitizer, surgical masks, isolation gowns and more. The Ontario Veterinary College is also donating ventilator equipment.

The University is also helping hand a local distiller producing hand sanitizer for health workers and essential services.

A number of Ontario distilleries have begun switching from producing gin, vodka and other liquors to bottling hand sanitizer.

OVC professor Scott Weese, the head of infection control at U of G’s Ontario Veterinary College, heard that Guelph-based Dixon’s Distilled Spirits planned to do the same and asked if he could help. 

He showed them the recipe the World Health Organization recommends, which calls for at least 70 per cent alcohol — an ingredient Dixon’s already had in storage. What was also needed was glycerol (sometimes called glycerin) and hydrogen peroxide — two chemicals often used in labs.

Weese reached out across campus asking labs to donate glycerol and peroxide. 

Weese estimates the U of G was able to supply the distiller with enough glycerol and peroxide to make about 2,000 litres of hand sanitizer, which was donated to several local medical clinics and doctors’ offices, the Guelph Fire Department, the local OPP dispatch, Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service, Wyndham House and more.

Read more about the donations to public health and work with the local distiller to produce hand sanitizer on the U of G website. 

(Photo courtesy Dixon’s Distilled Spirits)