Newark-based Public Service Enterprise Group said March 24 that it would donate more than 50,000 N95 respirator masks to one of the state’s largest health care systems at a time protective equipment for health care workers are in short supply amid the increased demand created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company did not identify the recipient.
“We recognize the dire need that the medical and first responder communities are facing, and we are eager to share our supplies,” PSEG Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Izzo said in a statement. “This critical staff is on the front lines in the drive to contain the coronavirus outbreak, and we want to do whatever we can to support their lifesaving mission.”
PSEG said it would continue to assess the inventory it keeps to meet its own needs as a first responder and may be able to make other donations. The company added that would work directly with the state to provide equipment and support for the needs of health care workers and first responders.
Separately on March 24, Gov. Phil Murphy said at a news conference that the state will receive more than 200,000 N95 masks and more than 84,000 respirators.
“Following on a very productive conversation with President Trump, we will soon receive a second shipment of personal protective equipment from the national stockpile for our frontline medical personnel,” Murphy said.