The Dublin City Schools district is working to help provide much-needed supplies to healthcare professionals and first responders amid the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus.

On March 30 the school district donated to Dublin Methodist Hospital 3,360 N95 masks that were in the district’s warehouse.

Superintendent Todd Hoadley said the masks were stored in the warehouse for use in the health clinics that are in all 20 of the district’s buildings.

Because students won’t return to school buildings until at least May 1 and possibly not at all this school year, “we’re just going to gather what we have,” Hoadley said, and give those materials to those on the medical frontlines.

Barbara Evert, vice president of medical affairs at OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, said the hospital is appreciative of the district’s donation, which will help protect frontline caregivers including nurses, physicians and respiratory and physical therapists.

The N95 mask is the protection of choice to prevent the spread of the coronavirus within hospital spaces, Evert said. The infection is highly contagious and transmitted by droplets spread via cough or sneeze, she said. The masks provide a seal around the face, preventing these droplets from reaching healthcare providers.

“Quality masks are in great demand across the country, and we are constantly watching the supply versus the demand,” Evert said. “To be able to add these donated masks from such a valued partner is really incredible, and no doubt saves lives.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered districts to shut down public schools until at least May 1 to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Hoadley said the district also plans to collect gloves from school buildings as well as more than 40 thermometers.

He said some of the material will also be donated first to Dublin police and fire personnel.

“This is just a way that we can help in this pandemic,” he said.