Group works to provide PPEs for COVID-19 frontliners

PPE for Guam has been working to produce face masks and face shields to keep medical personnel and other front line workers safe.

Face shields are essential in protecting against the splatter of bodily fluids and face masks help filter out pathogens in the air. One local community group, PPE for Guam, is working to make as many as they can.

Guam Memorial Hospital Administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas says that the facility has been quickly expending its personal protective equipment to respond to COVID-19.

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“We’re burning them. We’re taking care of COVID positive patients, so we’re burning our supplies. We are very much concerned about a shortage of supplies,” Posadas said.

While the hospital has been working with Guam Homeland Security and receiving donations to maintain their stock, a local community group, PPE for Guam, aims to make 1,000 face shields and hundreds of masks for frontline workers, according to co-founder Cyrus Luhr.

PPE for Guam has partnered with local engineers, as well as the University Guam which has designated four 3D printers to help make face shields.

And while the community support has been significant — with them having already reached their $5,000 goal within five days — they’ll still need all the help they can get.

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“We really need help on all fronts. If you have a 3D printer, please contact us. If you’re into sewing and would like to contribute from home, this is a great way to contribute without leaving the house,” Luhr said.

If you would like to make a donation or volunteer, visit PPE FOR GUAM.COM for more details.