DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Teams at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are helping health care workers responding to the coronavirus pandemic by building thousands of masks and face shields.
Officials said 50 Embry-Riddle students will produce 5,000 face shields and distribute them between Halifax Health and AdventHealth hospitals.
“Many of the students doing the work have lost their regular employment because of the global pandemic,” a spokesperson for Embry-Riddle said.
“This is an opportunity for them to earn some needed cash, as a number of students are struggling financially after the loss of jobs,” said Embry-Riddle’s student engagement and student union executive director Karin Gollin. “It’s also an opportunity for them to make a contribution to the local community, which is also a powerful motivator for them.”
Students are fabricate the face shields using materials provided by Embry-Riddle, including Mylar, adhesive foam and elastic ribbon.
Officials said students are keeping their distance while working on the major project.
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