North Country rallies to make PPE for health care workers fighting COVID-19

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A collaborative effort involving SUNY Plattsburgh, North Country businesses, and local school districts, is working to get personal protective equipment into the hands of health care workers.

Brian Post, director of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Upward Bound program, responded to the call for action. “Its sort of shocking that our, you know, healthcare providers can’t get these personal protective equipment that they need,” he said. “So if we can help out in any way its great.”

Post has lent out some of the school’s 3D printers to create protective face shields. Andrea Audi from the 3D Printing Network has helped coordinate the effort.

“We started working with Adirondack Health to design those and to adapt some models that were already out there from other 3D printers,” she said. “But the design team here worked at coming up with a great model, and we started reaching out to health care facilities to see what their needs would be, as well as first responders.”

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On Friday, Dan Mannix, superintendent of the Beekmantown Central School District, dropped off 100 face shields at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital.

“The number of health care providers that are becoming infected was shocking to me, and concerning,” Mannix said. “So if there’s a shortage in anything that can protect them and we can help, that’s a huge reward.”

Steve Skinner, medical director of CVPH’s emergency department, said the additional equipment is welcome.

“They not only protect us, but they also protect the additional PPE that we’re wearing, like masks or if we’re wearing any additional eye wear, it all protects that stuff,” he said. “Its been a great addition and very well received.”

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