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Cleco helping Louisiana College to make face shields for local healthcare workers

Posted: 5:16 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 18:16:10-04
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Cleco announced on Thursday that it had donated $1,500 to Louisiana College to support the college’s efforts to make face shields for health care facilities that are facing supply shortages amid the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

According to a release from Cleco, Natalie Maxey, Ph.D., assistant professor of engineering at LC, is helping to organize the community project.

Maxey said the idea came from hearing how the health care industry was facing a shortage of supplies and personal protective equipment due to COVID-19.

According to Maxey, her sister who works as a surgeon at Rapides Regional Medical Center, along with another doctor, have been helping with testing.

Maxey said it takes about one hour and 15 minutes to make one face shield, but she has volunteers with 3D printers willing to help.

Cleco states that is donation will help make about 300 face shields.