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Utah non-profit helps COVID-19 patients with care kits, rent payments

Posted at 7:43 AM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 10:12:13-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah non-profit organization is providing relief to people who are dealing with COVID-19 diagnoses in low-income, high-risk areas.

According to the "Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action" website, the organization has distributed 2,000 masks and $40,000 in relief funds to more than 600 households. The group has also given out 150 laptops and arranged for free WiFi internet connections to be installed in 100 homes.

PIK2A is now giving out free "COVID Care Kits" to help people monitor their symptoms and maintain safe environments. Each kit includes a mask, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer spray, a thermometer and a pulse oximeter, which measures a person's blood oxygen level.

"I said to myself 'why are we not giving out oximeters?' This whole pandemic, this little contraption can tell you when your oxygen level is dangerous. That's why people are just dying at home. So, I felt like it was a way to bring your own health into your own hands," said P acific Island Knowledge 2 Action spokeswoman Susi Feltch-Malohifo'ou.

The kits were assembled with supplies donated by Molina Healthcare of Utah, University of Utah Healthcare and the Utah Department of Health.

Visit pik2ar.org for further details on the relief they're providing.