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BlueShield Distributes 2,000 PPE Kits to Help Protect the Health and Safety of Students and Staff

Toolkits Contain Face Coverings, Disinfectant Wipes and Hand Sanitizer

October 09, 2020

Latham, N.Y. – To help protect the health and safety of local students and staff, BlueShield of Northeastern New York launched a program to provide more than 2,000 toolkits containing personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to schools and community centers throughout the Capital District.

The local health plan is distributing the kits to North Colonie Central School District; Whispering Pines School; Capital District Beginnings; KIPP Tech Valley Charter School; Albany Charter School; Catskill Central School District; Lansingburgh Central School District; Rensselaer City School District and Schenectady City Schools. Plus, Capital Region community centers including The Arc New York, formerly NYSARC; Center for Disability Services; COARC; Kingsway Arms Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center; Boys and Girls Club of Albany; Boys and Girls Club of Troy; Liberty Behavioral Management Group, Inc.; Town of Coeymans and Warren County will also receive kits, courtesy of BlueShield.

children and volunteers holding PPE kits

“As we navigate these uncharted territories, BlueShield will continue to find new ways to step in and support the health and safety of our community,” said Keith Dolan, Regional Executive, BlueShield of Northeastern New York. “We recognize the impact that the pandemic is having on our schools, and we’re pleased to help protect our teachers and students so they can continue teaching and learning."

The tool kits will contain a face shield, disinfectant hand wipes and hand sanitizer.

BlueShield recently distributed $411,000 in relief for nearly 30 local primary care provider (PCP) groups through its COVID-19 Provider Relief Program (PRP) and launched a reimbursement program for doctors and nurse practitioners to help cover the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE) within their practice.

In addition, as part of their ongoing efforts to support the health of the community during the pandemic, BlueShield of Northeastern New York donated $150,000 to the Capital Region COVID-19 Community Response Fund and delivered hundreds of healthy snack-packs and bottles of hand-sanitizer to Capital Region heroes who are on the frontlines.

BlueShield employees donated $5,000 to local organizations recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as collected and donated over 2,000 pounds of food for The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York during a drive-through food drive it hosted at its headquarters.

To learn more about BlueShield’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit