As the number of coronavirus cases spike across Florida, with officials confirming nearly 14,000 new cases on Thursday, Miami Beach officials say they’ve distributed a large portion of the 100,000 NIOSH-certified N95 respirator masks, donated by TBG Tech Co., to first responders and essential workers.
In addition, several hundred masks were delivered to some of the most vulnerable populations in the city, including senior centers and those in the homeless community.
On Friday, TBG Tech Co., a local business specializing in supply and logistics of personal protective equipment (PPE), announced the donation of 100,000 NIOSH-certified N95 respirator masks to the front-line health care workers of the City of Miami Beach.
The company also launched a new social responsibility campaign to encourage all people to wear masks in public places called “Wear.One“.
The masks are manufactured by BYD (Build Your Dreams), which is the world’s largest maker of N95 respirators.
BYD has the capacity to build 50 million high-quality masks per day and manufactures a variety, including single-use Adult Surgical Masks, KN-95s and NIOSH-approved N95s, as well as highly efficient hand sanitizers.
TBG Tech Co. is an authorized vendor of BYD global care products in North and South America.
The masks arrived at Miami Beach Fire Station 2 on Friday during a critical time when many cities are experiencing renewed shortages of lifesaving PPE.
The N95 soft, vertical flat-fold masks are certified by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, and meet all current U.S. regulatory requirements.
Miami Beach City Commissioner Michael Gongora was at the fire station when the masks arrived.
“Thank you to the TBG Tech Co. team who generously made a donation of 100,000 NIOSH-approved N95 masks to assist the Miami Beach community in battling the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said.
Since Friday, Gongora says several hundred respirator masks have also been distributed to local senior centers and the homeless community.
This donation is personal for the local Miami Beach company. Jay Floe of TBG Tech Co. said, “We need to protect our families; we need to protect our neighbors.
It’s our duty to show compassion to our community, and it starts by putting on a mask.”
Floe continued, “We want to bring awareness of the importance of using the correct masks and that when you wear one, you become something bigger than yourself.
COVID-19 has reminded us, that we are one, we fight as one and that there is integrity in doing something for others and true strength comes from empowering others.
That’s the unifying idea that inspires ‘Wear.One’.”
For more information, visit wear.one