BR Proud: Company in Louisiana creates face shields for front line coronavirus ‘warriors’

The LA New Product Development Team in Shreveport is using their talents to create a way to help those frontline warriors face the pandemic.

BR Proud: Answering the call: Pharmacist in Louisiana creates hand sanitizer to address shortage

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.

KALB: Cenla businesses begin applying for small business loans

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.”

Shreveport Times: Louisiana glass, 3D artists making ventilators splitters and face shields amid coronavirus

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.

WAFB: La. professor goes 3D in effort to help health workers get protective gear

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.

Valero Energy donates $40,000 to St. Charles Parish Public Schools to purchase additional Chromebooks for students to access at-home learning initiatives & a student data & communication tool to increase parent engagement.

Silicon Bayou News: Louisiana Businesses 3D Printing Supplies For Health Care Workers

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.

KEEL: Shreveport Company 3D Printing And Donating Medical Face Shields

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.

NOLA: Universities and colleges pitch in supplies, time and expertise to aid coronavirus battle

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.

WBRZ: LSU chemists preparing large batches of hand sanitizer

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.

NOLA: Homegrown hand sanitizer production ramps up at New Orleans distilleries, breweries

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.

Fox 8 Live: Tangipahoa Parish company moves from oil to making hand sanitizer

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.

KATC: Rouses invests $1M in bonuses, benefits for employees amid coronavirus pandemic

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.

WDSU: More than 14,000 pounds of potatoes, potato products head to Second Harvest courtesy of Rouses

Second Harvest officials said the donations will mainly go toward feeding children and seniors impacted by the health crisis.

The Advertiser: Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ charity paying for daily meals in Lafayette

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.

AP News: Louisiana Shrimp Association donates shrimp to food pantry

“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.

American Press: Bayou Rum distillery in Lacassine making hand sanitizer

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.

NOLA: Out-of-state nurses, docs join coronavirus fight in Louisiana hospitals

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.

KATC: Bayou Teche Brewery begins production of hand sanitizer

Arnaudville-based Bayou Teche Brewery is setting aside the brew and starting to produce hand sanitizer amid the spread of COVID-19.

KPLC TV: SWLA community holds ‘park & pray’ for local healthcare workers

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.

Valero Energy is providing funding for meals and fuel cards to Meals on Wheels across the U.S. to make sure thousands of homebound seniors get the nutrition they need to stay healthy during this crisis.

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