As a healthcare company serving our customers for over twenty years, our mission is always to improve the lives of patients and caregivers in any way we can. As our country, and much of the world, faces this extraordinary Covid-19 pandemic, we also feel an obligation to do everything we can to protect public health and safety. We wanted to reach out to you and share some of the actions our DermaRite family has been taking to assist and partner with our customers during this public health crisis.
Although we began preparing for increases in hand sanitizer demand early in the year, DermaRite experienced an overwhelming increase in the number of orders for our hand hygiene products during the first week of March, depleting our existing inventory in just a few days. Since that time, we have done everything in our power to ramp up production to meet the needs of our customers.
Our facility in North Bergen, New Jersey is running around-the-clock shifts and working seven days a week. We have hired additional employees, increased OT in all departments, worked closely with our supply chain partners to increase and expedite purchase orders, and are adding additional equipment focused on increasing our production capacities. With the help of our incredibly dedicated team, we have increased hand sanitizer production over fifty times our previous levels in only three weeks. Our executive management team is meeting daily to prioritize shipments based on getting at least partial orders to as many customers as we can.
As we focus on providing these critical supplies, we are also ensuring that all other customer and patient needs are being met during this critical time.
The health and safety of our employees is paramount. We are following the recommendations of the CDC and local health organizations, ensuring that our employees are following safety protocols, and distributing sanitizers for personal use. We have increased cleaning and sanitizing schedules throughout our facilities. We are encouraging anyone who can work from home to do so and are restricting the travel of our clinical and commercial teams.
We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt to it as needed. As always, we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions and concerns.
We wish you the best of health and encourage everyone to stay safe and look out for one another.