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The LA New Product Development Team in Shreveport is using their talents to create a way to help those frontline warriors face the pandemic.
Parkway Pharmacy, nestled off of Highway 165 in Sterlington, provides all your pharmaceutical and compounding needs. However, with the rapid spread of COVID-19 the pharmacy took on a new challenge.
One Cenla business owner we spoke with says he’s been pleasantly surprised at just how smooth the process is. “I mean it took us 15 minutes to apply for the loan and we did that on Sunday and on Tuesday we had approval, so it went really fast.”
Sanctuary Arts School and Glass Studio, in Shreveport, is leading a statewide initiative to donate emergency-use equipment to hospital workers and first responders caring for coronavirus COVID-19 patients.
While Maxey was in the lab working, Brewer was a guest on KALB’s Good Day Cenla. There he shared a few details about the project. Within an hour, Brewer received notice that a church wanted to donate $500 to the project. And before 24 hours had passed, more than $5,500 had been donated to help defray expenses and help buy another 3D printer.
Shreveport-based LA New Product Development Team, a product design, development, and marketing company, are relocating their 3D printers to assist with the COVID-19 crisis.
The company will be shifting their 3D printers to start producing the face shields, which can be used in a medial setting. The company says they already have orders for states like Arizona, Arkansas, California, New York, Texas, and Washington, but will be producing and donating masks here in Louisiana first.
Higher education institutions throughout New Orleans have put forth Herculean effort, school officials said, making, locating and donating thousands of pieces of personal protection equipment, pitching in volunteer hours and tapping into expertise to try and protect nurses and doctors and fight the pandemic’s deadly spread.
Ph.D. student Anthony Mai and his advisor, LSU Chemistry Chair John Pojman, are ensuring the quality of over 5,000 gallons of hand rub sanitizer. Last week, the first two batches were placed into 5,300 bottles and distributed all over the state. Mai worked in the chemical industry before entering LSU’s graduate program and is familiar with working with such large-scale amounts of liquid chemicals.
The ranks run from micro distillers to the Sazerac Co., the New Orleans-based industry giant, and it also includes at least once craft brewery, NOLA Brewing Co. They are together churning out bottles of hand sanitizer by the thousands, with production set to expand greatly in the days and weeks ahead.
For 50 years Smitty’s Supply in Roseland has produced a variety of motor oils, and anti freezes, but re-assessed three weeks ago when coronavirus hit. “With our ability to sell liquids we said we got to do something to help so let’s make hand sanitizer for out customers,” said Smitty’s chief operating officer Bryan Boudreaux.
Rouses Markets CEO Donny Rouse announced on Wednesday that the company is paying April bonuses to thousands of hourly store employees in appreciation for their work serving the community. Rouses is also moving up scheduled bonuses for store management and employees who oversee store departments. In all, the company is investing $1million in bonuses, shift meals, and other benefits.
Second Harvest officials said the donations will mainly go toward feeding children and seniors impacted by the health crisis.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the Brees Dream Foundation are paying for a daily meal service for those Lafayette workers left unemployed during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’ve always told people outside Louisiana that when they are here, we will treat them like family. This donation is an example of how we in Louisiana treat each other like family with leaders in the Louisiana shrimp industry stepping up to help in this time of need,” Nungesser said.
Instead of producing rum, the Louisiana Spirits Bayou Rum distillery is stepping in to help combat the hand sanitizer shortage by using their facilities to help with the overwhelming demand.
HCA Healthcare sent 15 nurses this week from Kansas City-area hospitals to help at Tulane Medical Center, which it manages, and HCA has 200 more signed up to volunteer, if needed. Ochsner Health System officials said Thursday that they had recruited more than 140 nurses from other states to help plug their staffing needs.
Arnaudville-based Bayou Teche Brewery is setting aside the brew and starting to produce hand sanitizer amid the spread of COVID-19.
Life Christian Academy and other community members came together Sunday to light up the night to support the doctors, nurses, and patients who are battling the coronavirus at Lake Area hospitals. Community members were asked to stay in their cars and turn on their headlights and flashers.