HANOVER TWP., Pa. - A lot of the medical equipment doctors are using to treat coronavirus patients is coming from the Lehigh Valley.
"These are obviously unprecedented times," said B. Braun Medical Inc. CEO Jean-Claude Dubacher.
B. Braun Medical Inc. is known for making saline bags, but the company is also making IV catheter and sets to administer medicine. A lot of those supplies are on the medical ships in California and New York City.
"I'm really proud of our people, especially when I saw the ship dock," Dubacher said.
The company increased production at its North American plants early this year, not as a directive of the federal government. The goal was to be ready in case there was an uptick in COVID-19 cases.
"Turns out now it was the right move to do because obviously the demand especially in those hot zones like New York and New Jersey," Dubacher said.
The goal now is to keep the inventory stocked as the coronavirus spreads. The company says to do that they need to keep employees safe and free of the virus. So far five people have tested positive for COVID-19. Only one of those five people works in the Hanover Township, Lehigh County manufacturing plant.
B. Braun says all their products are sterilized before packaging according to federal guidelines.
The CEO says he couldn't be prouder of the company's employees.
"I salute all the doctors and the nurses who are helping on the front line, but to me our employees are true heroes as well because they are making those products which right now are needed more than ever," Dubacher said.