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Hospitals get extra equipment from an unlikely agency

April 3, 2020

Four preservation and conservation specialists at the National Archives and Records Administration did some quick thinking and realized the equipment they use to deal with records damaged by floods, fires, or mold could help doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus. Motion picture preservation specialists Heidi Holmstrom and Audrey Amidon and Conservation Lab employees Rachel Bartgis and Vicki Lee asked NARA leadership about donating supplies to the pandemic. Late last month, NARA sent N-95 masks, nitrile gloves, gowns, and Tyvek suits to the Washington D.C.’s Emergency Management Response Team, which is working with the Department of Health and Human Services to distribute and reallocate the donated supplies.