A Delta Air Lines subsidiary is helping to manufacture face shields for hospital workers to use during the coronavirus pandemic.
Delta said its engineering and manufacturing subsidiary Delta Flight Products is working with Georgia Tech-affiliate Global Center for Medical Innovation to make the shields.
Face shields can extend the life of N95 respirator masks and provide an additional barrier.
Delta Flight Products delivered an initial order of 2,000 shields for workers in New York in early April, then delivered 4,000 for Atlanta-area hospitals.
On April 17, Delta said it had expanded its production to 1,500 face shields a day, and would grow that to 5,000 daily.
Plans are to deliver 20,000 face shields for Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.
In a written statement, Delta Flight Products president Rick Salanitri called it “a meaningful way we can show our support for the health care workers working around the clock to protect us.”
Delta Flight Products is serving as an initial manufacturing site to test the Global Center for Medical Innovation’s design and fabrication process for the masks. The Delta subsidiary normally designs and makes things such as wireless in-flight entertainment systems and overhead bin modifications.
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