Avangrid and its CT utilities donate masks to Yale New Haven Health
Orange-based Avangrid and its Connecticut-based utilities are helping ease the shortage of protective gear being experienced by doctors and other medical personnel at Yale New Haven Health during the coronavirus pandemic.
The energy holding company and its subsidiaries — The United Illuminating Co., Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas — announced Monday they are donating about 6,900 masks to Yale New Haven Health. The 3,700 surgical masks and 3,200 N95 respirators were being shipped Tuesday to a state receiving center for distribution to Yale New Haven Health.
Ed Crowder, an Avangrid spokesman, said the masks are part of a stockpile of items the companies have in place for natural disasters and scenarios similar to this one.
“We to a lot of preparations to be ready for things like this,” Crowder said. “Because we sometimes go into people’s homes, we have a supply of masks and, in going through an inventory, it was determined we had more than we needed.”
Christopher O’Connor, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Yale New Haven Health System, said hospital officials “extend our deepest gratitude” for donations like the one made by Avangrid.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the community at Yale New Haven Health and all our hospitals during this unprecedented time,” O’Connor said.
The 6,900 masks are part of a larger donation of 31,000 masks that Avangrid and its utilities in several other states are making, said Tony Marone, president and chief executive officer of Avangrid Networks.
“Given the dire shortages of masks and other protective equipment faced by medical facilities and emergency responders across the nation, we have an opportunity and an obligation to help,” Marone said. “We sincerely hope that by doing this we are able to help save lives.”