Gary L. Herman
ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC — Alexander County Emergency Management has received a donation of 1,920 N95 particulate respirators (masks) from Shurtape Technologies in Stony Point. Shurtape’s Environmental Manager Jerry Eplin delivered the much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) on Friday, April 17.“During this unprecedented time of change and uncertainty, we at Shurtape Technologies want to take a moment to thank you for your hard work and selfless efforts to benefit our community,” said Mark Hawes, Shurtape’s Director of Environment, Safety, and Product Compliance. “Fostering stewardship through giving back to our communities is part of who we are at Shurtape. We appreciate your efforts and thank you for your ongoing commitment to the front lines.”
Hawes noted that Shurtape established a supply of the N95 masks for their employees in preparation for the H1N1 pandemic back in 2009, but fortunately the masks didn’t need to be used. Shurtape properly stored and maintained the masks, and decided to donate the supply to Alexander County Emergency Management and other regional agencies.
Doug Gillispie, Alexander County Director of Public Services, said these supplies will greatly benefit local emergency personnel and healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19. “We sincerely appreciate Shurtape’s generosity and spirit of community as we battle COVID-19. This large donation of PPE will greatly enhance the safety of our employees, first responders, and other frontline workers,” Gillispie stated. “It is a blessing to have such a great corporate partner here in Alexander County.”
About N95 Particulate Respirators
An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. The ‘N95’ designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) test particles. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of N95 respirators exceed those of face masks. However, even a properly fitted N95 respirator does not completely eliminate the risk of illness or death.