The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab in Sarasota has organized more than 100 volunteers to sew face masks, manufacture face shields, deliver supplies and collect and distribute the personal protective equipment to health care workers in Southwest Florida.
The center recognized that most of the surgical masks ordered by government agencies would go to workers in hospitals and primary care facilities, leaving health care workers in nonprimary facilities like nursing homes and assisted living facilities without basic protection.
Two laser cutters at the Fab Lab are being used in the production of both masks and shields, and many of their volunteers are sewing the face masks at home.
The group made its first delivery of masks and shields to Lung Associates of Sarasota last week. They have received requests for more than 5,000 face masks and shields, and more requests are coming in.
For information on the project and on how you can get involved, go to https://suncoastscience.org/covid-19.