In Albany, the University at Albany has manufactured and distributed more than 7,500 plastic shields for medical workers on the front lines of the coronavirus fight. Since the beginning of the outbreak in March, the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences have been using 3D printers to manufacture personal protective equipment. One type of shield being made on a 3D printer takes about 40 minutes to print and costs less than a dollar to make. Another type of shield being made in the engineering department takes about 3 hours each to make. Both types of shields meet federal guidelines, and have been distributed to Albany Medical Center, local emergency response organizations and throughout the state.
In Saratoga Springs, the owners of Eddie F’s restaurant will host a fundraiser on Tuesday (July 14) to benefit Healing Springs Recovery Community and Outreach Center in memory of their son, who died of a drug overdose. Staff will donate their time and tips, and 30% of gross sales that day will go to Healing Springs. The fund-raiser also will feature a 50-50 raffle and t-shirt sales, and representatives from Healing Springs will be on hand to distribute NARCAN and Fentanyl testing strips. Eddie and Lisa Fazzone’s son, Edward III, died a year ago Tuesday at the age of 33 of an overdose of Fentanyl-laced cocaine. Healing Springs offers free support programs in Saratoga Springs to people recovering from substance abuse. For information on Healing Springs, visit https://preventioncouncil.org/
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