Fishers IKEA donates masks to Hamilton County Health Department

IKEA in Fishers is helping to protect health care workers during this time by donating 10,000 surgical masks to the Hamilton County Health Department. (Hamilton County Health Department)

FISHERS, Ind. (WTHR) — As hospital and health care workers face a shortage of personal protection equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, other companies are stepping up to help fill the void.

Large businesses like Ford and JOANN Fabrics are shifting typical operations to focus on providing health care workers with masks.

Now, IKEA in Fishers, which is closed to in-store shoppers, is donating surgical masks to help. The business donated 10,000 masks to the Hamilton County Health Department Tuesday.

    The health department said it would distribute the masks to health care and public safety workers across the county.

    Local businesses, like Indiana Safety and Supply are also working to keep hospital staffs protected. Their southern Indiana warehouse is slammed right now. President and CEO Kevin Bush said the company sold out of the highly sought-out N-95 masks six weeks ago in a 36-hour period.