Seals owner, wife donate 500,000 pieces of PPE to San Diego health care workers

Posted at 11:29 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 14:29:48-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Nearly 500,000 pieces of personal protective equipment is set to arrive for San Diego health care workers this week, thanks to San Diego Seals owner Joe Tsai and his wife, Clara Wu Tsai.

The PPE will arrive from Shanghai, China, and be sent to the University of California San Diego and other local health care providers. Several health care providers have been accepting donations of the equipment, citing shortages of the vital gear.

Tsai, co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, made a similar donation of equipment to health care workers in New York.

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"Our university is privileged to play a role in assisting Joe and Clara in providing their generous donation of masks and goggles to health care institutions in the greater San Diego community and other parts of California," says UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. "This equipment is invaluable as our region prepares for a likely surge in the number of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic."

San Diego County reported 2,268 positive cases of COVID-19 and 71 deaths as of Sunday.