Queens College donates medical supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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Courtesy of Muhammad Ghouri

Farah Javed

In a time of disarray where colleges are shifting to online learning and adjusting to an unfamiliar format, this one is still managing to provide aid. 

Queens College itself has had three members of its community test positive for the virus, as reported by Queens Chronicle. The college has been closed since March 19.

Hospitals across the country, not just in New York, are running low on necessary supplies. From masks to respirators, doctors struggle to treat their patients as well as keep themselves from getting sick. They should be wearing lab coats, eye gear, and masks, but some doctors are forced to go without.

The health industry is in dire need of help so Queens College’s timely delivered donations are instrumental in helping not only patients but these doctors and nurses on the frontlines as well.  

“A simply brilliant and swift move by the Queens College community,” said Interim Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee. “In a crisis, every minute counts, and frontline workers have been working around the clock to stem the tide. Thank you, Queens College, for stepping up with such haste and compassion, and for this immediate assist.  We hope this inspires similar actions throughout Queens. Against COVID-19, every effort helps bend the curve and will save precious lives. We can make a bigger impact against the curve if we act together and act now.”

In addition to their donations, Queens College is also offering dorm rooms to students who have been forced to leave campus. This offer comes in light of Cuomo wanting to use some CUNY schools’ buildings as extra medical and testing centers, according to The City. Some of these potential colleges include Hunter College, City College and the College of Staten island. 

Many students, however, did not know that Queens College was an option until after they had already packed up their dorms. They felt that communication was unclear from city officials.

The City detailed one dorming student’s frustrations.

“‘My family is unable to pick me up and I have to travel with my support animal and pack for him on this short notice as well,” said Jasmine Shaikh, a 21-year-old biology major from Bridgeport, Conn. “We paid for a safe living space and that is being taken away from us. We paid $8,000-plus for a safe place to live. Staten Island is the safest borough and we are being forced out of it.’” 

“Her roommate, an international student from Japan, ended up buying a plane ticket to fly home Tuesday after the announcement, according to Shaikh. Neither knew at the time that staying at Queens College would be an option,” the article stated.

Now, some of the displaced students do not have to go back to their home states or countries, but can stay in Queen’s College for however long is necessary. 

Since Queens College’s donations, other New York colleges and universities have started to help with the ongoing crisis.

As of March 25, New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine actually decided to have some medical students graduate early. Beginning in April, they will join hospitals in an attempt to have more doctors available for the thousands of possibly infected patients.

With no clear sign of when the pandemic will come to an end, people must do what they can now to help hospitals and medical facilities stay safe and be able to operate. As Queens College showed, any size donation helps.