ESCA Cares: How Member Companies Are Stepping Up & Giving Back During The COVID-19 Crisis

April 8, 2020

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WASHINGTON – As Americans face an unprecedented public health and economic crisis driven by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), ESCA member companies are stepping up and giving back to their communities by making meaningful contributions to keeping us healthy, safe, well-fed and much more. Here are just a few examples:


Acadian Ambulance is on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, and “announced enhanced safety measures … to ensure patient safety in the more than 70 counties and parishes in the South it serves as the number of coronavirus cases continue to increase,” the Lafayette Daily Advertiser reports“Acadian Ambulance EMS workers are wearing protective gear including gowns, gloves, N95 respirator masks and face shields when they engage with patients exhibiting coronavirus symptoms. They are sanitizing their gear and vehicles from top to bottom after each call,” The Advocate addsThe Port Arthur News reports that “[t]heir dispatch centers are screening every call for COVID-19 symptoms and notifying the ambulance crews to utilize the CDC recommended PPE as a precaution.”


Black & Veatch joined “[a] coalition of charitable, business and governmental organizations …  to raise $10 million for a Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund,” The Kansas City Star reports. The company also announced a grants competition to “boost both the health of Kansas City’s startup community, as well as those affected by the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). ‘The Black & Veatch COVID-19 Response Accelerator is designed for growing companies looking to scale emerging solutions to save lives, help communities cope, and protect the economy,’ the accelerator — an offshoot of Black & Veatch’s IgniteX program in partnership with LaunchKC — said Friday,” Startland News reports.


Border States Electric participated in “a conference call between President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and a group of 32 senior executives in the industrial supply retail and wholesale sector regarding the United States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Industrial Distribution reports.


Kinney Drugs “is giving its 3,252 hourly employees a raise and installing new pharmacy shields as the novel coronavirus continues to spread,” Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports. “All 97 of its stores will have acrylic shields installed to protect workers,” NBC Syracuse adds. The company is also “offering free home delivery during the pandemic,” ABC Rochester reports.


After the “White House asked construction companies to donate masks to hospitals to boost their supplies during the coronavirus pandemic,” Messer Construction “answered the call. The company sent 180 masks to OhioHealth hospitals. ‘They’re just one of many, but they’ve certainly been very helpful thus far,’ said [Roland Tokarski, OhioHealth VP, Construction Real Estate and Facilities],” ABC Columbus reports.


Wawa “has donated a combined $30,000 to food banks through The Wawa Foundation Emergency Food Distribution Fund, a new program that supports nonprofit organizations during the coronavirus pandemic. Wawa’s funds go toward purchasing additional food and supporting food distribution efforts in its service areas, the company said,” CSP Magazine reports. Wawa is also giving “out free coffee to the men and women on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus,” FOX Philadelphia reports.


Web Industries “is offering production capacity to support the manufacture of disposable medical products for the COVID-19 crisis,” Textile World reports. The company “has allocated production capacity at its Holliston, MA, plant to support developers of COVID-19 lateral flow immunoassay (LFI) diagnostic tests. LFI tests are one type of diagnostic device under research and development as public health leaders seek solutions to efficiently test large numbers of people for COVID-19… ‘As the medical community mobilizes in response to ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, rapid diagnostics will play an increasingly crucial role in slowing the spread of the disease,’ said Kevin Young, Web Industries vice president of corporate development,” Innovation In Textiles adds.

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