A SOCIAL DISTANCING PHOTO of Nivel employees delivering donated P.P.E. to Grady County officials. Pictured, first row, l-r, Justin Wagner (Nivel production supervisor), Sara Bragg (Nivel sewer), Rena Carver (Nivel sewer), Chelsie Cosby (Nivel human resource specialist), Keith Moye (Grady County Fire & Rescue, and chairman, Grady County commission); second row, Rodney Gordon (director, Grady County E.M.S.), Bill Schafer (chief, Cairo Fire Department and assistant director, Grady County E.M.A.), and Richard Phillips (director, Grady County E.M.A.).
Nivel Manufacturing, whose sewers had already made 600 masks for area healthcare workers, have now donated more protective gear. Sewers with the local golf cart accessory manufacturer gave their time to sew masks and gowns for the Grady County Emergency Management Agency to distribute.
“We donated about 90 masks and 10 gowns,” says Chelsie Cosby, human resources specialist for Nivel. “We will continue making weekly donations, but quantities will vary based on our ability to sew on a volunteer basis.”
Richard Phillips, director of Grady E.M.A., says he issued the masks to the Grady County Board of Education for teachers and school administrators to use this week when they handed out meals, report cards and homework packets.
Phillips, who says he is keeping in contact with local physician offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the hospital, said he is holding the gowns in reserve, for now. At the moment, he says, healthcare workers report having an adequate supply of personal protective equipment.
“We want to keep everybody protected as best we can,” says Phillips.