Right now, medical teams are working around the clock, putting their own health at risk and at the same time dealing with a shortage of protective masks, gowns and other protective gear.
In an effort to restock the dwindling supply, a Phoenix business is stepping up to help make a difference.
ON Semiconductor is donating 10,000 N95 and ActiveAir masks to local healthcare organizations.
“To help us be ready for what may be coming,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego “This is going to get worse before it gets better. We think we may be a week or two behind some of the other cities, and so we’re trying to use that time to prepare.”
“Two weeks ago, we had very, very low supplies all over the world where we operate,” said Jean Chong, vice president of ethics and corporate social responsibility for ON Semiconductor. “Through our supply chain, we are now able to get a lot more supplies, so much so, that we're able to get back to the local communities.”
Half of the donation is going to Banner Health Foundation and the other half to the City of Phoenix for the personal protective equipment donation drive at the Phoenix Convention Center.
“These masks are going to let our first responders be out there serving the community,” said Gallego. “Thank you to the people of Phoenix who have been willing to help those who help us.”
The donation of masks is a big move to ensure safety as we work to control the spread of the coronavirus. If you’d like to make a donation, you can stop by the drop-off location at the south entrance of the Phoenix Convention Center south building Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ON Semiconductor is also donating materials in Colorado and the Philippines among other places around the globe.