Rhode Island’s nurses and doctors are rejoicing after Governor Raimondo secured 500,000 medical gowns from Fall River’s Merrow Sewing Machine Company. In a press conference on Tuesday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo thanked Merrow Sewing Machine Company owners and brothers Charlie and Owen Merrow personally:
“God bless the Merrow Sewing Machine Company because just when we weren’t sure how we were going to get the gowns we needed to get through the next few weeks, Charlie showed up with a gown that they made with certain specifications after a lot of testing. He showed up over the weekend with more than 3,000 gowns made right across the line in Fall River. And even better than that, we’ve now ordered more than a half-million additional gowns from that company and we expect that that supply will hold us in good stead for months to come. I have said many times we are literally scouring the earth for PPE, but we are also looking right here in our back yard. So thank you to Charlie and Owen for stepping up when we needed you most, your product is fantastic. We needed every bit of the 3,000 and every bit of the half-million. Thank you – these guys stepped up when we needed them”
As of April 29, Rhode Island health officials reported 8,247 positive cases of COVID-19, 251 COVID-19 related deaths, and 269 people currently hospitalized with the virus.
Merrow is hiring for 100 experienced stitchers to continue to produce medical protective equipment that provides protection to medical professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight both locally and around the country. Experienced stitchers should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.