CHARDON, Ohio — Solon resident Zhiwu Gui grew up in Hubei Province, China and her high school, Huanggang High School, has an alumni association to connect graduates who are living in the United States. After seeing their city severely impacted by COVID-19, the Huanggang High School Overseas Alumni Group wanted to do something to help people here in the United States.
Gui’s husband is a radiation physicist at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, which helped the alumni group in their efforts.
With Gui’s help, the alumni group donated 10,000 KN95 masks and surgical masks to University Hospitals to help with the shortage of personal protective equipment the hospital system is facing.
University Hospitals is pursuing the donation of masks in different ways as well. Last month, the hospital system put out a call for help, asking the public to help make homemade face masks. The hospital distributed kits with enough materials for volunteers to sew 100,000 masks, around 40,000 of which have already been created.