In a press release, the County of Colusa said the collaboration will produce and distribute 20,000 face shields in the next four to eight weeks in Colusa, Butte, Glenn, and Tehama counties. Upon arrival, Colusa County Public Health will coordinate distribution of the face shields to Colusa Medical Center, doctor’s offices, dental offices, and more.
“This regional collaboration really showcases the extraordinary talent and level of innovation right here in our own backyard,” said Elizabeth Kelly, Director of Health and Human Services. “The healthcare industry had a need, the local community stepped up to find a solution, and community partners stepped in to provide the needed funding. This is the type of partnership that makes our region special.”
The effort is funded by the North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) and Feather River Health Foundation, and was born out of the ingenuity of a team of CSU Chico professors who developed an adjustable plastic visor in consultation with Enloe Medical Center. CSU Chico students then began producing them on 3D printers from home.
“It was incredible to watch this come together,” said David Little, Executive Vice President of NVCF. “Everybody recognized a need for personal protective equipment for all healthcare workers, from doctors in emergency rooms to hygienists in dental offices. Then everyone worked together to figure out how to make it happen.”
With the utilization of an injection molding machine in the CSU Chico engineering lab the university started making about 600 shields per day, with the potential to double production. Colusa County’s first delivery is expected the week of May 18.