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Local manufacturer answering the call for help with shortage of hand sanitizer amid Coronavirus pandemic

KAWARTHA LAKES-DVine Labs in Lindsay is usually pumping out premium e-liquids and solutions for vapes. Over the last few weeks though they have answered the call to help our local medical community as supplies like gloves, face masks and hand sanitizer has dried up.

They have re-tooled two lines to produce much needed hand sanitizer. Company President Mike Meathrel says he’s felt compelled to help where he can.

“I feel this is our duty as Canadians with a Small Business. If we have capabilities to re tool our companies and provide essential products that are in shortage during this pandemic it is a no brainer.” Meathrel told Kawartha 411 News.  “Our Health Care professionals need all the tools required to ensure their safety and every Canadian also should have products that help to prevent the spread of germs. Quite simply we did not think of this as an option, it was more how fast can we start to provide these products and solutions.”

And the turnaround has been fast. They plan to start production on Friday.

“We have the capability today to manufacturer approximately 75,000 Units per week however we could also ramp this up if required and are able to source more products. There is a global shortage right now on bottles but we have approximately 500,000 units in stock of various sizes.”

There are currently 7 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Kawartha Lakes. Hundreds across the country.

Both the city and Ross Memorial Hospital have put out the call to the private sector for medical supplies. The City is asking all manufacturers and non-essential health care practitioners, such as veterinarians, who may have the following items available to contact the municipality.

  • N95 Masks – 3M1870+, 3M9210+ and 3M9211+
  • Surgical Gowns –disposable, elasticized cuffs, cover front and back with ties to fasten and be fluid resistant
  • Face Shields – need to cover the entire face, manufactured of a clear, anti-fog material, disposable, adjustable, be capable of being worn over eye glasses
  • Hand Sanitizer – be a minimum of 99.0% effective against a broad range of bacteria, be alcohol based with a minimum concentration 60%, be available in personal size container

Read more here:https://www.kawartha411.ca/2020/03/24/city-looking-to-the-private-sector-for-medical-supplies-to-help-protect-local-paramedics/

Ross Memorial Hospital is working with regional and provincial partners to procure a steady supply of P.P.E. However, global supply chains have been interrupted by this pandemic, and supplies are back-ordered and/or capped in Canada. The Hospital is accepting donations of unopened/unused surgical masks, N95 respirator masks, gloves, and waterproof gowns to support our front-line workers. Any community businesses, including dental offices, medical offices, veterinarians, and construction businesses that may have supplies available can contact Christine Wood at [email protected]  or 705-324-6111 ext. 4628 to arrange.

D’vine is selling their products in Bulk to Business for Distribution, we also sell direct to Health Care Providers. Costs vary based on the Unit size’s, we produce 30ML, 60ML, 100ML, 120ML, Litres and Gallons depending on the clients requirements.

Local businesses can contact [email protected] for more information.

Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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