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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 18:37

CA Businesses Shift Operations to Help Combat COVID-19

Written by Sonia Waraich, Times-Standard
Face shields sit on a work table at auto shop Quality Body Works in Eureka, CA. The auto shop, like other local businesses, has shifted operations to help meet demand for supplies needed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Face shields sit on a work table at auto shop Quality Body Works in Eureka, CA. The auto shop, like other local businesses, has shifted operations to help meet demand for supplies needed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Courtesy of Quality Body Works

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Others like Quality Body Works received Paycheck Protection Program funds to help keep staff employed as the autobody shop deals with a decrease in customer volumes, said Ross Creech, the shop’s general manager.

 

After receiving calls for spare N95 masks, of which the shop only had two remaining, Creech said he got the idea for making face shields from another shop owner in Oregon. Since then the shop has donated 30 to the Cal-Ore Life Flight ambulance service, a couple to homelessness advocate Betty Chinn, 100 to Mad River Community Hospital and 30 to Alder Bay Assisted Living Facility.

 

Businesses that are reopening, as well as individual essential workers, have been coming to the shop for the face shields, of which Creech said he has 140 on hand with supply to make 200 to 300 more.

 

“We’re producing them as quick as we can,” he said.

 

Abe Stevens, founder of Humboldt Distillery in Fortuna, said he’s received some inquiries from businesses that are reopening about buying hand sanitizer, which the distillery began producing in large quantities and donating to first responders.

 

“With our most recent batch, we have set a bit of sanitizer aside to sell to businesses in need,” Stevens said. “So far that has been a minor part of our sanitizer production.”

 

There were some regulations in place preventing distilleries and a handful of other types of manufacturers from being able to produce hand sanitizer, but once the agencies regulating these establishments loosened the rules, Stevens said a lot of distilleries began shifting some production to making sanitizer. But that may change soon.

 

“More recently, we have seen what hopefully seems to be a little more supply out there,” Stevens said. “That might mean soon we won’t need to keep making it.”

 

We thank the Times-Standard for reprint permission.


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