When the Great White Father fails to provide what medical personnel needs to treat Covid19 vicitims, it appears that we can always turn to our Nevada State Prison officials and inmates to step in and get’er done. Here’s the story –
Silver State Industries Produces Gowns and Masks to Protect Nevadans During COVID-19 Pandemic
Silver State Industries, the industrial arm of the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC), has launched a manufacturing program to produce medical gowns and masks to help protect Nevadans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“NDOC has the experience, equipment, and manpower needed to mass-produce personal protective equipment,” said Charles Daniels, Director of NDOC. “The global shortage is putting people at risk of contracting COVID-19, and our department is doing its part by helping meet this urgent demand for medical gowns and masks.”
The production involves more than one hundred offenders at Lovelock Correctional Center (LCC) and Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) who work around the clock in assembly-line fashion to help meet the demand for this life-saving equipment.
Creating a medical gown requires fabric that is 65% cotton and 35% polyester, and 1⁄4‐inch elastic. This material is delivered to LCC and NNCC, where its fed into the assembly line.
Two offenders start the process by cutting a cotton sheet into a 3 x 6-foot rectangle. The fabric then passes through multiple stations where offenders attach the left and right sleeves, collar, left and right wristbands, left and right arms, and belt. With all of the pieces inplace, the gown is serged together with a two-up / two-down weave, and hemmed where the cloth edge is folded narrowly and sewn to prevent unravelling. Then the elastic parts are added. Next, offenders performing a quality control check, gently fold the gowns and package 100 into a box, and prepare the boxes for shipment.
The Nevada Department of Corrections is committed to building a safer community by striving to incorporate progressive best practices in all aspects of corrections. NDOC houses nearly 13,000 persons with felony convictions in 18 facilities statewide. For more information visit www.doc.nv.gov.