Coronavirus: Eddie Bauer to make masks, donate them to health care facilities

Eddie Bauer making masks, donating them to health care facilities during coronavirus pandemic

SEATTLE — In response to the high demand and shortage of protective equipment during COVID-19 pandemic, Seattle-based Eddie Bauer said it will be shifting some of its production line to help make masks for hospitals.

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The outdoor brand announced Tuesday it will make N95 and surgical masks.

“With our production capabilities and supply-chain resources, Eddie Bauer is working with our vendors to shift apparel production to make the masks our healthcare workers so urgently need,” said Damien Huang, Eddie Bauer President. “Our neighbors here in Washington state and the greater Seattle area have been seriously impacted by COVID-19. We’ve been a part of this community for 100 years, and we take our responsibility to our community seriously. While as a retailer we have been hit hard by the circumstances, we will do what we can to support healthcare workers and facilities in our own backyard.”

The company plans to donate 20,000 masks and will start as early as next week.

Eddie Bauer will donate the masks through the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, which will ensure they are distributed to the counties and facilities with the greatest need.

N95 particulate respirator masks and procedure face masks are arranged for a photograph at a Dealmed-Park Surgical supply facility in Lakewood, New Jersey, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
N95 particulate respirator masks and procedure face masks are arranged for a photograph at a Dealmed-Park Surgical supply facility in Lakewood, New Jersey, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)