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Automotive association donates masks to PSWs among coronavirus pandemic

Last Updated May 11, 2020 at 11:04 am EDT

Working in a long-term care home often means long hours, sick residents, and limited access to personal protective equipment.

Six weeks ago, personal service worker Madeline moved into a trailer away from her family in southwestern Ontario to protect them from potentially getting novel coronavirus.

While she’s working with residents who have COVID-19, she doesn’t have access to N95 masks.

When Flavio Volpe, of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association, saw Madeline’s story he did the only thing he could — he helped out.

Volpe and his team have been working to help transform the automotive sector into PPE manufacturers.

Because of their efforts, plants that used to make car consoles, parts for cars, and fabrics for vehicles, are now making visors, gowns, and N95s.

His office had a handful of N95s that they use when entering hazardous areas. He gave some up and donated them to Madeline to help her and her colleagues.