TORONTO, April 3, 2020 /CNW/ – Tempur Sealy Canada, one of Canada’s largest producers of mattresses, foundations and sleep products, has repurposed part of its manufacturing to contribute to the supply of critically-needed protective face shields. The company will, in a joint effort with Mack Media Inc., assemble and ship the devices for urgent use by Ontario doctors, nurses and health care workers on the front lines of the province’s COVID-19 pandemic response.
“When we got the call from our associate at Mack Media, we didn’t hesitate,” says Monty Bagga, Chief Operating Officer, Tempur Sealy Canada. “Canada’s medical professionals are frontline heroes, saving lives and helping our communities at great personal risk. It’s exceptionally brave and selfless. If we can contribute and make even a small impact for the health care community, we felt an obligation to do so.”
During this unprecedented time, the need for personal protective gear for health care workers is at an all-time high and the supply of personal protective equipment is critically tight. Ongoing shortage could impair the ability to stem infection rates and place the most vulnerable frontline responders at great risk. What’s important is getting this protective equipment in the hands of Ontario’s frontline health workers as soon as possible.
Mack Media Inc., a large-format digital printing company, developed and created a prototype for personal protective equipment to help support people on the front lines. One hundred percent of their operations are working to build and assemble the face shields, but they need additional manpower. In an effort to supply the quantity needed as quickly as possible, President Frank Mackovski approached Tempur Sealy, an existing partner.
“The need is great, and it is expected to grow in the weeks ahead,” says Mackovski. “The worldwide objective to slow this virus and stop this pandemic in its tracks will depend on the collective efforts of many. We have to be creative, strategic and collaborative to flatten the curve. We were so humbled when Tempur Sealy Canada offered their support to fulfill this need.”
Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, and medical experts predict a surge in cases in coming weeks, as the virus spreads throughout the province and across Canada. As of the morning of April 2nd, Canada reported 9,731 confirmed and presumptive cases, including 129 deaths and 1736 resolved. Ontario has reported 2,392 confirmed cases to date, including 37 deaths and 689 resolved.
In the next coming weeks, it is critical for anyone that can provide support to step up and offer what they can.