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Additional E&C Republican District Highlights: Stepping Up During Coronavirus Outbreak


WASHINGTON, DC – Americans around the country are showing what “In It Together” means during the COVID-19 outbreak. From donations to making much-needed items during this crisis, Americans are stepping up; it’s what we do. This is the second series of E&C Republican highlights, and the first series of amazing stories can be found HERE.

Here are more examples of people exemplifying #InItTogether:

In Hood River, Oregon, where E&C GOP Leader Greg Walden represents, a windsurfing company is partnering with the local health department and making face shields.

Surfer Today: Sailworks shifts production to medical face shields

The windsurfing company from Hood River, Oregon, has re-tasked its sail loft and staff to start making medical face shields.

Sailworks aims to help mitigate the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in its local healthcare community, as the novel coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak spreads across the United States.

Sailworks teamed up with the Hood River County Health Department, and Hand Made Brigade 50 (HMB 50), a non-profit health and public safety organization.

In the state of Texas, where Rep. Pete Olson serves as the congressman for the 22nd district, face shields are being made there from utilizing 3D printers.

Houston Chronicle: Harmony, HCC turn to 3-D printers to make face shields to help fight COVID-19

Mehmet Gokcek stared in amazement several weeks ago as images from Italy showed hospitals packed with patients coughing and heaving from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Healthcare workers in that country already were pleading for more personal protective equipment, including N95 masks, plastic face shields, surgical gowns and gloves.

In Rep. Fred Upton’s district, Western Michigan University is also taking advantage of 3D printers to make face shields to help protect medical professionals.

WWMT: WMU making face shields to help with medical supply shortage during COVID-19 pandemic

Amid the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, pandemic, Western Michigan University began 3D-printing essential medical supplies that doctors and nurses needed to protect themselves from the virus.

The WMU information technology department collaborated with the College of Aviation and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, using their 3D printers to create face shields for medical workers.

In Rep. Jeff Duncan’s district in South Carolina, constituents are taking advantage of 3D printers to print a mask prototype “comparable to N95 masks.”

WSPA: An Upstate Career and Tech Center creates a mask prototype to help hospitals amid a COVID-19 shortage

Anderson District 1 & 2 Career and Technology Center, (ACTC) has created a mask prototype that could be a solution to a nationwide problem.

ACTC is using 3D printing technology to make a mask prototype designed by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). The mask is already in the hands of AnMed Health’s team. Now they’re testing it before putting it to good use.

The mask is called, The S.A.F.E Cartridge System and it’s used for healthcare professionals. MUSC said it’s comparable to N95 masks when it comes to blocking viral particles.

Volunteers are sewing together isolation gowns for a local hospital in the state of Montana, where Congressman Greg Gianforte serves as the member at large.

Daily Inter Lake: Volunteers making gowns for hospital

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, volunteers are sewing isolation gowns for North Valley Hospital. An isolation gown is typically a disposable paper gown that healthcare staff such as doctors and nurses wear when attending to a contagious patient.

The gowns are typically thrown out after each and every visit with a patient, Whitney Casey, program manager for medical equipment contracts and project management ,said Monday.

In Rep. Bill Johnson’s district in Ohio, manufacturers are using their resources to make masks and hand sanitizer.

WTRF: Congressman Johnson (R-OH) praises Ohio-based manufacturers amid COVID-19 outbreak

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the U.S., many industries have begun to convert to the manufacture of masks, ventilators and other medical supplies.

Car-maker Ford Motor Company has announce the conversion of plants that made F-150 pickup trucks will now make ventilators. Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson says that several businesses in Eastern Ohio have already begun the manufacture of needed products.

“I have a manufacturer, actually two manufacturers, that are making masks, another one that is working with FEMA to begin producing hand sanitizer. So manufacturers across Eastern and Southeastern Ohio are stepping up to meet some of the critical needs,” said the Republican Congressman.

In Indiana’s 8th district where Rep. Larry Bucshon is the representative, a company is using its machinery to produce drinking cups to make face shields.

Courier & Press: Coronavirus: Berry Global face shields to give workers, first responders protection

Evansville-based Berry Global has accelerated production of plastic face shields to assist first responders and medical personnel during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s the same machinery that is normally used to make drink cups,” Waterman said. “We are utilizing that machinery to make thee clear plastic shields. We are doing that in Evansville, and they are assembling them at a Berry facility in Madisonville (Kentucky). We also are working with the Vanderburgh County Health Department to make sure this is something that’s going to work with health care providers.”

A research center in Rep. John Shimkus’ 15th district in Illinois helped formulate hand sanitizer.

KSDK: Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery is now making hand sanitizer

The distillery posted a video on Facebook of labels being printed from Budnick Converting. It worked together with the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to formulate the product.

“This idea came after the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issued a statement regarding guidance on production of hand sanitizer,” NCERC said. “Just two days after the idea was introduced, NCERC staff had produced a test sample of hand sanitizer following guidelines released by the World Health Organization (WHO).”

In the Georgia’s 1st district, where Rep. Buddy Carter serves, a company donated boxes to help distribute food.

Savannah Tribune: International Paper Helps America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia

International Paper Company and its Mills are responsible neighbors, environmental stewards, and contributing members of the communities where they live and work and that definitely rings true for the Savannah Mill. In addition to the generous financial donation, Second Harvest received a truckload of cardboard boxes from International Paper’s Savannah Container Plant. The boxes were immediately utilized for emergency food distribution at the food bank as well as through Mobile Food Pantry serving rural areas.


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