Made-in-Calgary masks to help protect Albertans
Calgary, Canada, October 7, 2020 /Government of Alberta/ - The $60-million two-year agreement between AHS and Orpyx Medical Technologies comes after Orpyx responded to Alberta’s Bits and Pieces program, which sought local organizations and companies to develop and provide goods and services to support the province’s response to the pandemic.
Earlier this year, Orpyx responded to the Alberta Bits and Pieces program to support the province’s response to the pandemic. The company began manufacturing masks in August and delivered its first supply of masks to AHS in September. Orpyx will continue supplying masks regularly over the next two years, supplementing masks being purchased from other vendors.
An independent testing lab has reviewed the supply of masks to ensure they meet international clinical standards. The review process also involved front-line health-care workers through the AHS Quality Assurance Group.
Alberta’s Recovery Plan is an ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth. Alberta came together to save lives by flattening the curve and now we must do the same to save livelihoods, grow and thrive.
- Prior to COVID 19, AHS used about 33,000 masks per day. They now use an average of 600,000 masks a day. Orpyx will supply more than 40 million masks over two years.
- The masks meet international ASTM F2100, Medical Face Mask, Level 1 standards.
- They will be distributed to health-care workers, patients, visitors and families at AHS and affiliate health-care sites across the province.
- The masks have been verified by an independent testing lab and the AHS Quality Assurance Group.
- Steve Buick
Press Secretary, Health
- Justin Brattinga
Press Secretary, Jobs, Economy and Innovation