Local companies team up to make protective gowns for hospital workers on COVID-19 front lines

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 11:53:05-04

BROOKLYN — Two companies are working together to provide surgical gowns for health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.

Crye Precision, a body armor company, and fashion company Lafayette 148 have teamed up to create the hospital gowns at Brooklyn Navy Yard.

“What we see today is truly inspiring,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said after touring the facility.

"Two companies here in the Brooklyn Navy Yard are creating a product they’ve never created before to help health care workers,” he added.

Greg Thompson of Crye Precision and Deirdre Quinn of Lafayette 148 are honored to be working to continue to help front line workers.

By the end of the day, more than 9,200 personal protective equipment (PPE) gowns will be made, de Blasio said.

By the end of the week, almost 19,000 gowns will be made and by the end of the month, 320,000 reusable PPE gowns will be made.

Gowns will be reusable, which is critical, as the state and health care workers have reported a shortage in PPE equipment.

Last week, 1.8 million surgical gowns were used within all hospitals in NYC. This week, about 2.5 million surgical gowns are projected to be used.

There are over 67,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York City, with over 2,600 deaths reported.