As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates throughout the world, our heroes on the frontline are quickly running out of supplies. That’s why people and businesses throughout the world are stepping up to help. Recently, Neiman Marcus Group and JOANN Stores (both of which have local locations in the North Dallas Corridor) have partnered to make protective non-surgical masks, gowns and scrubs free for medical personnel.
Beginning today, Neiman Marcus Group’s alterations facilities will receive product from JOANN to begin creating materials for use by healthcare providers, according to a press release. While these materials are not medical grade, Jo-Ann Fabric secured patterns and templates and is shipping fabric and materials recommended for medical settings, including the guidelines provided by the Providence Hospital System in Washington. While observing appropriate social distancing guidelines, NMG’s alterations specialists will create these products.
Because of the critical shortage, health authorities and hospitals have changed their guidelines for what level of protection is recommended. The CDC has stated that homemade fabric masks are a critical response option when other supplies have been exhausted.
The first shipment of materials is expected to be sent to healthcare providers later this week. Neiman Marcus Group and JOANN will be covering the cost of shipping and delivery. In addition, they will produce these materials as long as there is a need and are poised to create many thousands of essential items.
The partnership between Neiman Marcus and JOANN was created to help fill part of the immediate need of materials for medical personnel. Both companies have stepped up to this global and national crisis in support of those who are holding the front lines of this pandemic. Any company that has the ability to manufacture medical materials should manufacture right now.
Thanks to both of these companies for stepping up and helping our medical personnel during this unprecedented time!