Ontario developer donates over 19,500 masks
While optimistic case numbers show that Ontario may be passing the epidemic’s peak, protective measures against the coronavirus still remain a top priority.
Front-line workers, including doctors, nurses and staff in long-term care homes, rely on crucial Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to prevent the spread of coronavirus between patients and themselves — face shields, gowns and N95 masks are among some of the most in-demand PPE items. In order to help essential workers secure the PPE that they need, one local developer has stepped in to boost the supply.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Ontario-based builder, Flato Developments, has been working to purchase PPE and other supplies for essential workers. To date, the developer has provided over 17,000 surgical masks and 2,500 KN95 masks, which have been donated to hospitals, senior care homes and other communities across Southern Ontario
“Our country and province are facing unprecedented shortages of supplies needed to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic,” said Shakir Rehmatullah, president and founder of Flato Developments in a recent media release. “There is a great need, now more than ever, to support our communities that have been impacted by this pandemic.”
In addition to masks, Flato Developments has bought and coordinated the delivery of over 3,000 tubes of hand sanitizer, while also providing support to Greater Toronto Area food banks. Markham-Stouffville Hospital, Headwaters Health Care Centre and Markdale Hospital are among some of the recipients of Flato Developments’ donations.
In early April, PPE shortages became a growing concern as delays in global shipments and challenges at the border whittled the province down to nearly a one-week supply. Since then, across Ontario and the country at large, companies have stepped in to procure or produce more PPE, from gin distillers switching to making hand sanitizer, to architects 3D-printing face shields.
“We have heard, loud and clear, the message from Premier Ford and want to help the communities where we build and operate in, our local families and neighbours,” said Rehmatullah.