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Rome Hospital Foundation donates face shields to local schools

By Eric Reinhardt (ereinhardt@cnybj.com)

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Chester DiBari, III, executive director of Rome Hospital Foundation (left), and Peter C. Blake, superintendent of schools for the Rome City School District (right), stand in front of boxes of face shields, which the foundation donated to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools. (PHOTO CREDIT: ROME MEMORIAL HOSPITAL)

ROME, N.Y. — Rome Hospital Foundation announced it delivered five cases of face shields to the Rome City School District on Oct. 29, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

 The donation is one of several the foundation has made to local school districts over the past few weeks. It also provided face shields to Camden Central School District, Adirondack Central School District, and Oriskany Central School District.

Rome Memorial Hospital had a surplus of shields from donations it had received from area businesses earlier in the pandemic.

“Because of the generosity of companies early in the pandemic, the hospital had extra face shields to provide to school districts in our service area to help protect our community,” Chester DiBari, III, executive director of Rome Hospital Foundation, said in a statement. “As a healthcare system, we want to do everything we can to support our educators and keep everyone as safe as possible.”

Peter C. Blake, superintendent of schools at the Rome City School District, said, “The District is grateful to the Rome Hospital Foundation for donating protective shields that will help keep our staff safe from COVID-19.”

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