The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts announced $31,200 in grant funds to several local hospitals, including Clinton Hospital, to purchase respirators for Emergency Department staff.

“Hospitals and healthcare workers are working tirelessly to care for those who have COVID-19,” said Foundation President Steve Adams. “The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts is thrilled to be able to help local hospitals in our community acquire the supplies they need to protect the health and safety of their nurses, doctors and other staff on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The grant funds allowed the hospitals to provide respirators and filters that offer more protection than the standard medical-grade face masks to their staff treating patients during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Community Foundation has raised $360,000 for its COVID19 Response Fund and distributed $155,000 to date. This is in addition to the $520,000 distributed by the Community Foundation through the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund.

To contribute to the COVID19 Response Fund, visit