Fashion designer Christian Siriano and his team have created almost 1,000 N95 masks, he said Wednesday, after last week promising New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoLetitia James holding private talks on running for New York governor: report Governors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight Tucker Carlson says he lies when 'I'm really cornered or something' MORE (D) to help with medical supply shortages as the state grapples with the coronavirus.
Siriano told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that his studio has produced nearly 1,000 masks in the past three days, which he called “amazing.”
"It was really a simple thing and I just felt like it was a really important time because I felt like it was so needed — not just in New York, but everywhere," he said.
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Siriano said the team has to follow certain guidelines when making the masks, which have to be tested before they can be used, but that he received Cuomo's permission beforehand.
Staff at New York-Presbyterian hospital have worn the masks, which Siriano says are an “upgrade” because they are washable and bleachable.
Last week, Siriano tweeted at Cuomo saying, “If @NYGovcuomo says we need masks my team will help make some. I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help.”
Cuomo later tweeted that he was in contact with the designer.
The New York governor has called for help in obtaining medical masks for health care workers, with a direct plea to the federal government on Tuesday, when he said 30,000 masks are needed. New York has been hit hard with the crisis, with more than 30,800 cases, which amounts to more than half of the confirmed infections in the U.S.