Saturday, April 25, 2020

In the News: community volunteers making roughly 350 gowns daily; Stop & Stop won’t refuse service to those without masks

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The registered nurse who works at Milford Regional Medical Center was worried about the dwindling supply of personal protective equipment, especially gowns that help reduce the spread of infection to medical center employees who are treating COVID-19 patients.

So Nadeau had an idea. What if there was a way to incorporate the plastic sheets that greenhouses use to protect plants and turn them into medical gowns?

Three weeks ago in the middle of the night, she searched the internet, and found instructions that showed it could be done. She made a prototype out of a trash bag and showed it to Nicole Thyne, executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Milford Regional."

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Stop & Shop won’t turn away customers who fail to cover their faces, a widely-suggested way to curb the spread of the coronavirus, according to a company spokesperson.

“Our associates will not deny entry to a customer who is not wearing a mask in an effort to prevent potential conflict and to help ensure the safety of our associates,” Stop & Shop External Communications and Community Relations Manager Maria Fruci told the Daily News in an email this week.

The policy applies even in communities where local health officials have issued orders requiring residents wear facial coverings, including as Bellingham, Milford, and Framingham.

“Stop & Shop associates are speaking directly with customers who are not wearing a face covering to remind them of the new mandate,” Fruci said. “Those who are not wearing a mask are asked to expedite their shopping trip and wear a mask next time.”

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