Story by WVUA 23’s Andrei Matei.

Hospitals and doctor’s offices across the state and country are scrambling for personal protective equipment, or PPE, to protect their workers from contracting coronavirus.

In order to ensure local medical professionals have the gear they need, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has instructed Muskogee Technology, a company owned by the tribe, to produce polysurgical gowns to send to Baptist Health Care in Pensacola. The company is also making masks and sneeze guards for their own tribal properties.

“This is one small way that us as Muskogee Technology and the mothership with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians can service our community,” said Westly Woodruff, the president and CEO of Muskogee Technology.

Muskogee Technology started producing PPE about two weeks ago and is making 1,600-2,000 units a day. Baptist Health Care’s CEO and President Mark Faulkner released a statement thanking Muskogee Technology.

“We are thankful Muskogee Technology can shift their production to gowns for our doctors, nurses, and team members,” Faulkner said in a statement. “COVID-19 has changed the health care landscape and as we work to provide care to our patients and others we serve, we are grateful this local company can partner with us in this way.”

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