EDMONTON — IKEA may be the up company to donate boxes upon boxes of masks to frontline workers in Alberta to guard them against COVID 19.
The furnishings giant’s Edmonton outlet donated 41,000 N95 masks “to protect our frontline heroes” in Alberta health Services, Premier Jason Kenney said in a tweet Friday.
Staff at the IKEA stated they watched the urgent need for individual protective gear for medical doctors, other frontline staff and nurses – and then chosen to step up.
“This was an attempt our IKEA Edmonton co workers came in concert to produce happen,” said Dani Rohs, spokesperson for IKEA Edmonton. “We heard accounts of shortages of N95 masks in other areas in the nation as well as the staff of ours right here in Edmonton determined to find out if we’d any in storage.”
They wound up discovering a whopping 41,800 of the masks in storage space.
Rohs said so many IKEA workers have family members and close friends on the frontline in healthcare and then were pleased to have the ability to assist you.
The masks had been previously employed for safety precautions in store before the COVID 19 pandemic hit.
“We ended up being in contact with health experts and also found out the masks were appropriate for make use of as well as might be donated,” she said.
The massive donation is only one of numerous made by Alberta based companies this week.
On Monday, PCL construction gave twenty nine boxes – 800 masks in total – to Alberta Health Services staff.
One day later on, Calgary based Suncor announced it will donate 40,000 N95 masks on the federal government, being sent out to Canadian communities labeled as being “critically in need.”
Other IKEA locations in Canada also have donated. An outlet in Vaughan, Ont. donated 60,000 N95 masks to North York Hospital and IKEA Richmond donated 9,500 to SafeCare BC.
Medical-grade N95 facemasks along with other personal protective equipment are now in need that is high as supply dwindles worldwide in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic.
The circumstances were more serious Friday after 3M, among the world’s biggest makers of N95 masks, said the ikea Abu Dhabi White House requested it cease exports of the item to Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said talks with the U.S. are ongoing to be able to sustain the flow of services and products between the 2 nations.