Motor and fan manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg is providing support for the Hohenlohe District Department of Health in the fight against COVID-19, by lending personnel and committing to supply CO2 detectors.
Three employees from the industrial company based in Künzelsau, Germany, have been deployed to serve in the coronavirus ward in the former Künzelsau hospital where cases are identified and the coronavirus hotline is in operation.
According to CEO of Ziehl-Abegg, Peter Fenkl, the district of Hohenlohe became a national hotspot for infections in the spring, during which time a number of Ziehl-Abegg employees had been quarantined.
“The fight against the pandemic involves us all,” he says.
“When we read in the newspaper that numerous departments of health were complaining about a lack of dedicated and suitable staff, we contacted the District Administrator.”
Since November, the three employees – Lisa Ehret, Isabel Joos and Marcel Nohe – have been working in the coronavirus team that also includes 10 active Bundeswehr (German Army) soldiers.
During an onsite visit, Fenkl noted that all the windows were kept permanently open, and promised several CO2 detectors that would deliver reliable information on air quality and provide for targeted intermittent ventilation.
District Administrator Dr Matthias Neth says he is pleased to receive any qualified support from the region’s companies.
“If we all work together to help each other – as we do in the District of Hohenlohe – we can do even more to combat the spread of the coronavirus,” he says.
Previously, Ziehl-Abegg has assisted with the supply of protective equipment, including FFP2 masks for the central test site as well as face shields. This protective equipment was either produced from the 3D printer or machined on tools in the training workshop.
Pictured: (left to right) CEO Peter Fenkl, Lisa Ehret, Marcel Nohe, Isabel Joos (seated), and Dr Matthias Neth at the Department of Health Künzelsau.