Newport News, Va. — Canon Virginia, Inc. (CVI) is partnering with the New College Institute (NCI) in Martinsville, Virginia, to manufacture face shields needed by first responders and by healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients. In reliance on the United States Food and Drug Administration's Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators During the Coronavirus Disease Public Health Emergency dated April 2020, the Product Development, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Product Engineering, Business Development Engineering and Print Media departments at CVI produced 400 plastic face shields through a laser-cutting process and produced 200 headbands utilizing 3D printing. The products were shipped to NCI, which will produce another 200 headbands for a total of 400 complete face shields to be donated to first responders and healthcare providers in rural Virginia battling COVID-19.
“New College Institute is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Canon Virginia to provide face shields to rural first responders and healthcare workers during this public health emergency,” said Karen Jackson, interim executive director at NCI. “Because of Canon's generosity, we are able to help those on the front lines in our rural areas have the equipment they need.”
CVI is also producing face shields to be distributed to first responders and healthcare workers in the Hampton Roads area during the COVID-19 public health emergency; these are anticipated to be shipped within the next two weeks.
CVI is currently in discussion with the Commonwealth of Virginia, the federal government and other business partners to determine how it can help support the growing need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for first responders and healthcare workers throughout the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.