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Santa Barbara County Based Non-Profit Makes Major New Commitment To Fight Coronavirus


A Santa Barbara County based non-profit has committed two million dollars for coronavirus response efforts in the United States. Direct Relief is stepping up to fight coronavirus around the world and here in the United States.

The non-profit has been using its emergency stocks of protective gear to safeguard health care workers at more than 60 facilities in areas with confirmed cases of the virus. Most of the support has been going to agencies in China.

Now, Direct Relief has pledged two million dollars in emergency funding to beef up response efforts in the United States. It’s staged supplies at 12 health centers and clinics across the U.S.

The Santa Barbara County based non-profit also ordered 500 oxygen systems which can be used to help seriously ill coronavirus patients.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.