USG Receives PPEs, Supplies from GEMA


The University System of Georgia (USG), which includes Dalton State, has received additional personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).

The equipment will be provided to the 26 institutions ahead of the return to on-campus instruction, which for Dalton State is Aug. 10.

“The donation includes much needed personal protective equipment, which will be used by the Ken White Student Health Center staff and School of Health Professions students, who are providing front line care,” said Dr. Cheryl Owens, director of Student Health Services at Dalton State. “These items have been unavailable through our regular vendors for several months. So, we’re thankful to receive these items in time for students to return to campus.”

Dalton State received:

  • 12,000 disposable masks
  • 32,000 pairs of gloves
  • 54 gallons of hand sanitizer
  • 300 gallons of disinfectant solution
  • 54 touchless thermometers
  • 160 cases of disinfectant wipes
  • 500 gowns
  • 230 clear face masks
  • 300 face shields
  • 1,250 N-95 respirator masks

Items delivered by GEMA to the USG include,

  • 947,500 disposable masks
  • 40,000 N-95 respirator masks
  • 250, 000 gloves
  • 35,000 gowns
  • 20,000 face shields
  • 500 touchless thermometers
  • 5,832 gallons of hand sanitizer
  • 4,608 gallons of disinfectant solution
  • 2,531 cases of disinfectant wipes

An additional 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer and 15,000 clear masks have also been ordered.

“GEMA continues to be a valuable partner, and we are grateful for its help as we stress the essential importance of health and safety for all our students, faculty and staff,” Chancellor Steve Wrigley said.

These supplies continue to help ensure all of Georgia’s 26 public universities and colleges are well stocked for the coming academic year. Last week, USG announced the system had already sent a total of 835,400 masks and 1,161 cases of disinfecting wipes to campuses across the state. Including the supplies being delivered this week, the total number of masks being provided to USG campuses currently totals more than 1.8 million.

The system continues to follow public health guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As that guidance evolves, the system’s guidance will as well.