PPE

  • Massachusetts May 23

    A Dancing Gronk Goes on PPE Donation Spree in Mass.

    Rob Gronkowski may have joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but he’s still a Massachusetts resident, and on Friday he showed his gratitude to a pair of his local fire departments by donating personal protective equipment to them. He and his girlfriend, Camille Kostek, dropped off masks and face shields with the Walpole and Foxboro fire departments. And in classic...

  • PPE May 22

    Mass. Lawmakers Push to Stop Price Gouging During Coronavirus Pandemic

    Massachusetts lawmakers want to prohibit price gouging on essential products during the coronavirus pandemic and future public emergencies.   Hundreds of consumers have complained to the Massachusetts attorney general about businesses and online retailers jacking up the price of products, as the NBC10 Boston Investigators reported earlier in May.  As of Friday, a spokesperson with the attorney general’s office said it has...

  • coronavirus May 14

    Walk-Up Docs Donated to Low-Income Areas for Coronavirus Testing

    A Portsmouth-based company donated several Walk-Up Docs, a booth that enhances safety while administering a coronavirus tests, to low-income areas. Trigger House, a New Hampshire marketing agency, switched gears trying to help in the fight against coronavirus and started making the Walk-Up Doc, which is designed so that the medical workers administering coronavirus tests don’t have to continuously change...

  • national student response network May 9

    Boston Medical Students a Part of Nationwide Effort to Support Hospitals Battling Coronavirus

    A trio of Boston medical students is part of a network of thousands of health care professionals nationwide working to support hospitals, frontline workers and others battling the coronavirus pandemic.  The National Student Response Network has recruited more than 5,000 health care students to deliver personal protective equipment, groceries and other essential supplies. “Our goal is to really have a…

  • coronavirus May 5

    Danvers Nonprofit Finally Tracks Down Missing Shipment of PPE

    A shipment of personal protective equipment meant for a Massachusetts nonprofit that was missing for weeks has been located, but tracking it down was far from easy. Northeast Arc, a Danvers-based nonprofit that serves people with disabilities, says it shows just how difficult it is to secure supplies during the pandemic. The nonprofit partnered with 16 other organizations to order…

  • coronavirus Apr 30

    Another Huge PPE Shipment Flown to NH for Hospitals

    More than 110,000 pounds of personal protective equipment has landed in New Hampshire Thursday afternoon, thanks in part to inventor Dean Kamen. A FedEx cargo plane carrying about 4.5 million masks that will be sent both to hospitals in the Granite State and Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country has landed at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. The plane took off from…

  • coronavirus Apr 27

    Andover Teens Use 3D Printers to Make Protective Gear for Frontline Workers

    With the coronavirus pandemic escalating, Pratheek Kuimanda, a junior at Andover High School, was searching for a way to help those in need. So when he learned a school administrator in town was working on a project to make face shields using a 3D printer, he jumped into action. Pratheek organized a group of five of his friends and started…

  • coronavirus Apr 22

    Harvard Students Secure PPE Donations for Medically Fragile Children

    Two weeks ago, we told you about hundreds of Massachusetts families struggling to get protective gear for the nurses providing in-home care for medically fragile children.   Our story caught the attention of some proactive students at Harvard Business School, who answered the call to help in a big way.   Danielle Waldman told me she watched Somerville mom Holly Simione talk about the struggle of safely caring for her daughter...

  • coronavirus Apr 22

    Vt. Businessman Denies Claim of ‘Unconscionable’ PPE Price-Gouging

    A Vermont judge is weighing whether a businessman charged outrageous prices for protective equipment during the coronavirus crisis or if he was simply setting a fee that let him cover his costs and make a living. Prosecutors in the office of Attorney General T.J. Donovan have accused Shelley Palmer, of Williston, of price-gouging when it came to selling medical...

  • coronavirus Apr 21

    ‘A Little Surreal’: Mass. Doctor’s Quest to Acquire PPE for Hospital Caught Attention of FBI

    The quest to secure PPE for healthcare workers has seemed like a Herculean task lately. So when Baystate Health in Springfield, Massachusetts, got a lead on half a million KN95 and 3-ply medical masks a couple weeks ago, the system’s chief physician executive, Dr. Andrew Artenstein, personally headed to a warehouse in the Mid-Atlantic region to help inspect and...

  • coronavirus Apr 18

    Half a Million More Masks Delivered to New Hampshire to Aid in Coronavirus Fight

    More than half-a-million medical-grade face masks were delivered to New Hampshire on Saturday, the governor’s office said, the second such delivery in as many weekends. Gov. Chris Sununu was on hand to greet the Boeing 737-700 filled with approximately 540,000 masks, according to a statement from his office. The personal protective equipment shipment is part of the same deal that…

  • PPE Apr 15

    Worcester Has a PPE Litter Problem, and the City’s Pushing to End It

    Crumpled up facemasks and a rainbow of rolled up latex gloves are littering parking lots and streets throughout Massachusetts as people try to stay protected and protect others amid the coronavirus outbreak. While most of these items of personal protective equipment, or PPE, are disposable products, officials warn they shouldn’t be disposed of outside. And the city of Worcester...

  • coronavirus Apr 8

    PPE Shortage Threatens Safety of Medically Fragile Kids

    Holly Simione does not leave the side of her daughter, Elizabeth.   While wearing a mask and gloves, Simione is quarantined from the rest of her family and sleeping on an air mattress in the hallway near her daughter’s bedroom. It’s all an effort to keep Elizabeth safe amid the coronavirus outbreak.   The 18-year-old has severe physical and developmental disabilities. During an...

  • coronavirus Apr 6

    ‘Team Effort’: Local Companies Like L.L. Bean, New Balance to Make Face Masks

    Some of your favorite shoe brands are on the front lines fighting coronavirus.  Manufacturers like New Balance and L.L. Bean say they’ve adapted production lines to make masks for health care workers and everyday people.  New Balance has set a goal of 100,000 masks per week by mid-April, with factories in Norridgewock, Maine, and Lawrence, Massachusetts, helping make that...

  • coronavirus Apr 4

    Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Police in Manchester, NH, Must Wear Mask, Gloves, Glasses

    Police officers in Manchester, New Hampshire, are now required to wear a face mask, protective gloves and glasses in public, a move that the chief said is part of an effort to protect his force as well as the public from the coronavirus.  The department’s nearly 250 officers started carrying the three pieces of personal protective equipment on Friday, a…

  • coronavirus Apr 2

    ‘No Days Off’: Patriots’ Plane Delivering Critical Medical Supplies Kraft Purchased for Mass., NY

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is taking action to support health care workers in Massachusetts and New York amid the coronavirus crisis. Kraft purchased more than 1.7 million N95 masks and used the Patriots’ team plane to fly the critical supplies from China to Boston overnight in order to help hospitals in both states combat the ongoing, nationwide shortage…

  • coronavirus Mar 28

    ‘It Feels Great’: Hockey Equipment Maker Switches to Protective Gear for Health Workers

    New Hampshire-based sporting goods company Bauer, known for its hockey skates and helmets, is now producing face masks for doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Win Fream of Newfields, New Hampshire, is the head of research and development at Bauer’s sister company, Cascade, which produces lacrosse helmets. After assembly line workers for Bauer and...

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