Dallas-based luxury retailer Neiman Marcus Group is partnering with JOANN Stores to begin producing personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, and scrubs for frontline healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Neiman Marcus’ alterations facilities are receiving product from Ohio-based JOANN to begin creating nonsurgical equipment. The materials are not medical grade, Neiman Marcus said, but JOANN Fabric has secured patterns and templates and is shipping materials recommended for medical settings.
Those guidelines include what was provided by the Providence Hospital System in Washington state.
The equipment will be made by Neiman Marcus’ alterations specialists, who will be observing social distancing guidelines.
Neiman Marcus said the response came after the Centers for Disease Control changed is guidelines for what level of protection is recommended, stating that homemade fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.
Neiman Marcus and JOANN plan to pay the cost of shipping and delivery, urging other companies capable of manufacturing medical materials to do so immediately.
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