PITTSFIELD — In order to assist frontline responders, General Dynamics Mission Systems has donated more than 11,000 units of personal protective equipment to areas across the country that have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
That equipment includes personal respirators, protective coveralls and gloves, according to a news release. The material was pooled from 16 operating locations and shipped directly to health care providers, the company said.
General Dynamics Mission Systems has a facility in Pittsfield, but it was not clear if the local plant was involved in this effort. A local company official did not return a telephone call seeking comment. General Dynamics Mission Systems consists of five separate companies.
"We are doing what we can to help deter the spread of COVID-19," Chris Brady, the president of General Dynamics Mission Systems, said in a statement. "This includes making sure our brave health care providers have the equipment they need to care for the large amount of patients overwhelming their hospitals.
"Our manufacturing teams and our environmental health and safety staff are aggressively searching the entire enterprise to identify every piece of available PPE equipment, and they are rapidly transferring it to those who need it most."
Since March 24, General Dynamics Mission Systems has shipped more than 1,700 N95 respirators to the Chicago Department of Public Health for further distribution to its hospitals. The company also has shipped more than 2,700 full-body protective garments. and 6,700 vinyl and latex gloves. directly to Bellevue Hospital in New York City.