SVHC accepts delivery of cloth masks from Orvis

Southwestern Vermont Health Care's President and CEO Tom Dee, right, accepts a delivery of 500 cloth masks from Orvis. An initial shipment of 250 masks arrived earlier.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.  

BENNINGTON — Orvis, a luxury clothing retailer with headquarters in Sunderland, answered Southwestern Vermont Health Care's call for personal protective equipment with a shipment of 750 cloth masks.

"This is such a generous show of support for our work here," said Southwestern Vermont Health Care's President and CEO Tom Dee. "We want to thank Orvis for helping us keep our staff and their families safe during this unprecedented time."

Personal protective equipment has been in short supply nationwide, leaving many hospitals to rely on community members and businesses to supply crucial equipment.

"Doctors, nurses, first responders, and others on the front line are playing such an important and heroic role in the world at this time," said Simon Perkins, Orvis's chief operating officer. "As a dedicated member of the Vermont community committed to giving back, we feel fortunate to be able to do our part to support them."

SVHC has received protective equipment from more than 130 individuals and business donors. Donations have included N95 masks, procedure masks, hundreds of cloth masks, cloth surgical caps, and face shields made on 3D printers.

SVHC has provided a COVID-19 information hotline for community members. The number, 802-440-8844, is answered 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays. A recorded message provides the most frequently requested information. Telephone numbers and other COVID-19 information, including frequently asked questions and helpful resources, are available at


If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us.
We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.