Media Advisory – For Immediate Release
Planned PPE distribution at Harbor UCLA April 8, 2020
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Personal Protective Equipment Distributed to Residents at Harbor UCLA
Preparing for the anticipated surge, LA Residents spent weeks collecting PPE for healthcare workers
Los Angeles, CA- Los Angeles County has been hardest hit by COVID-19 in the state. Bracing to be deeply affected this week by the spread in the community, LA County members of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) have been collecting personal protective gear for healthcare workers supporting the Los Angeles community.
While resident physicians have been largely neglected in the current distribution of PPE, CIR members have risen to the challenges of these unprecedented circumstances, organizing PPE donation efforts. On Wednesday, CIR members will distribute PPE to the dedicated frontline workers at Harbor UCLA.
As this pandemic surges across the nation, residents are putting their safety on the line for the well-being of their communities.
Who: Leadership and members of the Committee of Interns and Residents, featuring Erica Barrios MD, CIR Regional Vice President.
What: The Committee of Interns and Residents has been collecting PPE for the past several weeks in anticipation of a surge of COVID-19 cases amid a nationwide shortage of PPE, and will be distributing the gear to resident physicians and hospital staff. Appropriate social distancing steps will be taken by members, and should be followed by media in attendance.
Where: A F Parlow Library pharmacy entrance, Harbor UCLA Medical Center
When: Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Background: CIR recently launched a COVID-19 Resources page for resident physicians affected during the pandemic, found here. Press coverage of our members during this crisis can be accessed on CIR’s press clips page.
The Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) is the largest housestaff union in the United States. A local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), representing over 17,000 resident physicians and fellows. Our members are dedicated to improving residency training and education, advancing patient care, and expanding healthcare access for our communities.