Course of Trade, Economic Development Corporation make isolation gowns for health care workers

A nonprofit is mobilizing troops by getting several different brands and factories to work together to help those on the front lines.

News 12 Staff

Apr 29, 2020, 2:08 AM

Updated 1,490 days ago

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A nonprofit is mobilizing troops by getting several different brands and factories to work together to help those on the front lines.
Course of Trade is sewing isolation gowns for health care workers. The nonprofit offers free sewing instruction and job placement assistance in the garment industry.
Along with the nonprofit, several fashion brands including Malia Mills is partnering with the Economic Development Corporation to put their skills to good use during the pandemic.
The workers are using gloves and face masks to stay safe while making 4,000 gowns per week.
Libby Mattern, the founder of Course of Trade, says it's beautiful to see so many businesses working together for the same cause.
She says 65,000 gowns have been delivered to New York City hospitals, and the EDC predicts about 2 million gowns will be produced by mid-June.
The EDC is also working with manufacturers to produce face shields, and is launching a new effort to produce testing kit supplies in the city.
The new supply chain being launched next month is expected to produce up to 50,000 tests per week.
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