UPS shipping ventilators from GM facility to hospitals

The shipping giant is also donating masks to local hospitals

UPS is shipping ventilators made in a General Motors facility to hospitals in the Chicago area.

The Sandy Springs-based shipping giant said it is delivering the first ventilators produced by GM and Ventec Life Systems at a facility in Kokomo, Ind., to hospitals in Chicago and Olympia Field, Ill. 

The shipments of ventilators to treat patients with the coronavirus arrived Friday and Saturday.

GM shifted its advanced electronics facility in Kokomo to medical device production under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to produce 30,000 ventilators by the end of August.

UPS also donated 10,000 N95 respirator masks for hospitals in Georgia, delivering them Thursday to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

On Monday, the company said it is also donating 10,000 N95 masks to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, explaining that it already has enough masks for its employees and was able to donate the surplus.

The UPS Foundation also Monday announced $15 million in funding for nonprofits to help communities affected by the coronavirus.

Separately, UPS added more than 200 air cargo flights this month for Project Airbridge, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s airlift initiative to ship test kits, personal protective equipment and other supplies. Most of the shipments are going from Asia to the U.S. and Europe.

UPS has also shipped millions of 3M masks and 250 drums of hand sanitizer to the healthcare industry.

“We are delivering life-saving goods and basic necessities our customers need for their businesses and families,” UPS CEO David Abney said in a written statement.

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