Rockingham County, NC (March, 26, 2020) – The
coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing a shortage of much needed personal-protective equipment for healthcare facilities across the country, including here in Rockingham County. While several local healthcare agencies have shared resources amongst themselves, much of the supply has dwindled to a startling low.
Gildan Yarns, a yarn manufacturing company located in Eden, N.C., announced Wednesday, they had a supply of N95 masks they would like to donate to Rockingham County Health and Human Services to help aid in the shortage. N95 masks are used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face and are essential for not only healthcare workers safety but for their patient’s safety as well.
“Rockingham County Health and Human Services has assisted with supplying some healthcare facilities with needed personal-protective equipment, as it becomes available,” states Felissa Ferrell, Rockingham County’s Health and Human Services Director. “Public Health is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our community. This donation will not only give our frontline workers the materials they need to protect themselves, but will assist us in protecting our entire community.”
Due to the nature of their business, Gildan provides N95 masks to their employees during normal operations. With production currently being halted, the supply they have of N95 masks outweighs the demand. The excess of masks at the Eden site is what led them to donate a total of 320 masks to Health and Human Services.
“Gildan is responding to needs caused by the pandemic,” said Chuck Ward, President of Gildan Yarns. “We want to ensure we especially give back to the communities in which we operate. These communities and their workforce are the heart of our business.”
“Gildan has always been a stellar leader in our Community. They have really been a ray of light in these difficult times due to the shortage of personal-protection equipment.
It is good to know that during these unprecedented times Gildan has come through to assist our County in providing quality services,” Lance Metzler, Rockingham County Manager noted about the generous donation.
Rockingham County health and human services plans to evaluate the need of not only their agency, but other agencies in Rockingham County as well and distribute thesupply accordingly.
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