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Local universities step up to produce protective equipment for local hospitals

Local universities are teaming up in the battle against coronavirus by producing much-needed surgical masks and other protective gear for our local hospitals. NC State aims to create 500,000 masks each day, and Duke hopes to create 50,000 face shields.

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Nia Harden
, WRAL reporter
RALEIGH, N.C. — The shortage of masks for health care providers in a nationwide problem, but here in Triangle, universities are finding new and safe ways to make surgical masks and protective gear for medical workers.

NC State said they hope to produce up to 500,000 surgical masks per day to protect health care workers and first responders.

Duke has produced over 8000 masks so far, and said they hope to make 50,000 face shields.

Robin Thomas, a representative of Duke Health Engineering & Operations, said, "There’s a lot of people doing extraordinary things at the hospital right now a lot of activities that are not part of their normal day functions."

She said their group is very excited to be trusted with the important task of providing face shields to the front lines.

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