ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY — As the new coronavirus pandemic continues disrupting life in Rockland County, many locally-based manufacturers are stepping up their efforts and working together to find new and innovative ways to minimize the impact this virus is having on public health and the economy, locally and worldwide.
"Rockland County companies are leading the way when it comes to the response to this global health crisis," said County Executive Ed Day.
There have been 6,665 cases of COVID-19 in Rockland County as of Thursday up from 6,413, according to the state health department; 468 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases. Thirty-seven deaths have been confirmed in the past 24 hours. New York State broke its daily coronavirus death toll record for the third day in a row with 799 lives lost.
On Thursday, Day offered a glimpse into three local companies. "While it is not possible to know about every single effort being undertaken, the businesses included here are putting Rockland on the map. We thank them for the way they have mobilized, pitched in and offered to help fight this pandemic."
One company leading the fight against COVID-19 is Pfizer, Inc. As one of Pfizer's nine primary research sites, Pearl River is a central hub for vaccine research and development activities and houses a state-of-the-art automated sample storage system. Pfizer is working jointly with Biopharmaceutical New Technologies (BioNTech), in the co-development and distribution of a potential mRNA-based coronavirus vaccine aimed at preventing COVID-19 infection.
For more information about Pfizer and their plan to battle COVID-19 visit their website.
As the world's largest manufacturer of wet wipes, PDI, located in Orangeburg and its sister compa Nice-Pak, have been ramping up the production of their sanitizing and disinfectant wopes in order to meet the ever-growing demand. In response to the pandemic, PDI's facilities are now operating around the clock with additional staff working to keep production lines moving. Additional personnel have been brought on to support the large increase in quality testing of its products.
"We are now running our facilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and producing record amounts of products to help keep patients, caregivers, consumers, food service customers and everyone safe," said Jonathan Kupperman, Vice President of Global Development. "This has required tremendous support from our vendors to provide the raw materials required to keep up with the increases. We have brought on more staff for production and quality testing of our products. We have also increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning our facilities and instituted additional safety protocols and measures to ensure the safety of our employees and to protect the integrity of our products."
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Cambridge Security Seals in Pomona is one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of tamper-resistant, high-security loss prevention seals and electronic and GPS track-and-trace solutions to a wide range of industries including hospitals and healthcare, pharmaceutical, food and beverage industry, and the retail supply chain.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Cambridge Security Seals has increased production and expanded capacity to ensure that no supply chain is stalled or brought to a halt due to a shortage or lack of security seals. Employees at CSS are working around the clock and the company has already hired additional workers in order to meet the increased demand and urgent delivery dates for their security seals.
"During this crucial time, Cambridge Security Seals is stepping up its efforts to produce and deliver our security seals to both our longtime clientele as well as new customers with urgent needs," said Elisha Tropper, Founder and CEO of CSS. "We understand that every shipment is especially critical during this health crisis, and we recognize the important role we play, especially to the healthcare workers and the supporting logistics providers on the front lines, protecting our communities and fighting the virus. We are committed to delivering our products on time, and to ensuring that the quality, safety, and integrity of our seals will not be compromised."
For more information on Cambridge Security Seals, visit their website.
Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, along with county District Attorney Thomas Walsh and the Deputy Health Commissioner, have been appointed as local points of contact for New York state's new Enforcement Task Force, Falco announced Wednesday.
The task force was created to enforce state and local public health and safety rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive orders collectively known as PAUSE directed all non-essential businesses in New York to close their in-person operations and banned all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason. In addition, Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Ruppert issued a Commissioner's Order prohibiting gatherings under the state and county Sanitary Code.
To assist local authorities with enforcement of these orders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force where people can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings.Back to Press Articles.