CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
Dr. Chris Wiles, a first-year anesthesiology resident at Hartford and St. Francis hospitals and UConn Health, has turned to his 3D printing hobby to come up with a face mask health care workers can use should N95 masks run out.
Volunteers for MakeHaven, a New Haven maker space, have sewn 402 face masks for nonprofits and the Yale New Haven Hospital. Regina Bohn has made almost half of them.
Two Portland, Connecticut companies are working together to help design personal protective equipment to healthcare workers during a shortage due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
In three days, Connecticut small businesses applied and were approved for nearly 1,300 new federal loans as the coronavirus forces widespread business closures.
The Norwalk-based printer giant has enlisted in a rapidly swelling army of business volunteers helping to funnel critical supplies to hospitals as Connecticut, New York and other hot pockets brace for a caseload peak this week and next.
In Aberdeen, those with sewing skills have taken to making cloth masks in order to help increase the longevity of personal protective equipment used by health care workers.
Some of Connecticut’s small craft distilleries have provided one of those tales, ending production of spirits like gin and vodka and turning instead to making 140 proof alcohol hand sanitizer.
Throughout the challenges of the coronavirus crisis, people are coming together to give back. In Hartford, the owner of a distillery is using her business to make something virtually impossible to find, but very much needed – hand sanitizer.
Partisan politics can certainly get nasty, but during this coronavirus pandemic, there’s been far more bipartisanship. One example: how highly coveted face masks are being the procured by Ken Group for those on the front lines in Connecticut.
Since March 30, Masks for Heroes has sourced, bought and distributed nearly 500,000 protective masks for hospital workers, police, fire, nursing home and other caretakers in 125 towns across Connecticut.
Dyer owns Interpro 3D Printing in Deep River. He reached out to a group of doctors to see if there was a way that he could 3D print a device to enhance ventilator capacity.
Small businesses are being crushed by the coronavirus, but there is help in the form of the “Paycheck Protection Program” from the federal government.