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Published by Colorado State University Source
story by Joe Giordano
videos by Ron Bend
photos by John Eisele

Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital was facing a serious challenge in early March. The hospital was down to its last few bottles of hand sanitizer, a critical yet hard-to-come-by resource in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

When CSU leadership heard the news, they quickly rose to meet the challenge, tapping into talents and resources from across campus.

Shortly after the hospital’s request, the first 40-liter bottle was produced in a lab at the Infectious Disease Research Center on the Foothills Campus and deployed on March 20 to help fill the hospital’s 200-plus hand sanitizer stations. It was made by members of the Mycobacteria Research Laboratories, a center dedicated to research of tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

“It’s been a big relief,” said Chad Alexander, facility manager at the hospital. “We were able to refill every station in the hospital, which is huge. People are using more now. It has been a big help.”