The provincial stockpile of surgical masks has just grown by 75,000, thanks to Michelin. This donation will be followed by an additional 50,000 masks from Michelin in the coming weeks.
These donations will augment the provincial supply, along with regular deliveries from local, national and international suppliers and the federal government.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority says a portion of the donated masks are designated for staff at long-term care facilities across Nova Scotia. The remainder will help keep frontline staff safe while they provide care to patients.
“These past few weeks have demonstrated the incredible capacity of Nova Scotians to come together and look out for each other,” said Dr. Brendan Carr, NSHA CEO.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends and neighbours at Michelin. It is so encouraging that community-minded businesses like Michelin, many of which are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 themselves, continue to reach out to offer services and supplies to NSHA, and to provide support to our staff and physicians.”
Earlier in April, some employees at the Michelin plant in Waterville, NS, put their skills with sewing machines to a new use, besides sewing components as part of the tire-making process. Instead, they starting stitching hospital scrubs for Valley Regional Hospital and other hospitals in the Annapolis Valley, South Shore and South West Nova Scotia.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 situation, Michelin has remained focused on the long-term health, safety and well-being of its employees, their families and the surrounding communities.
In an ongoing effort to provide support during the pandemic to the communities where they operate across the continent, Michelin North America is donating 700,000 masks to hospitals, medical facilities and essential businesses with a critical need for these supplies.
“Michelin is pleased to be able to play a role in the province’s COVID-19 response efforts,” says Andrew Mutch, president, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. “Working with the province and Nova Scotia Health Authority, we can help ensure that front-line workers in all of our communities have access to the protective equipment they need.”
Photo from Nova Scotia Health Authority