The United States now has the most confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world. Since New York is the hardest hit state in the country, its hospitals are currently in desperate need of masks, gowns, ventilators, and other medical equipment to accommodate the surge of sick patients. On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an emergency order to hospitals, requiring them to increase capacity by 50 percent. Governor Cuomo said that the New York currently has 53,000 hospital beds, but the state may need at least 110,000 hospital beds as the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise. To help address the shortage of hospital beds, Serta Simmons Bedding plans on donating 10,000 mattresses to New York City hospitals and medical facilities that are fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
The Atlanta-based mattress company is partnering with Relief Bed International, a nonprofit that provides beds for U.S. homeless shelters and disaster victims around the world, to donate the mattresses. Serta Simmons Bedding also said that its factories and distribution network are capable of producing up to 20,000 beds a day at a low cost.
“As the largest American producer of mattresses, Serta Simmons Bedding is committed to ensuring those who are hospitalized have a bed available where they can receive care and heal,” Serta Simmons Bedding CEO David Swift said in a statement. “We’re calling on our peers in the bedding industry to join us in addressing this need.”
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