Rotarian Phil Richardson has spearheaded a drive to raise funds through The Rotary Club of Westfield in order to donate two cases of face shields to two local hospitals: The Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ, and Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ.

Face shields are part of the “PPE” — Personal Protective Equipment — needed in health care facilities. Wearing a face shield will extend the life of the N-95 masks, because it prevents splatter of biohazard materials. This results in the use of fewer expensive N -95 face masks, and results in less waste and the reduction the overall cost of health care.

Face shields also protect the part of the face which is not covered by a mask or goggles. Face shields can be sterilized and reused.

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Rotarian Phil Richardson announced that his alma mater, MIT — Massachusetts Institute of Technology — has developed an inexpensive face shield for medical workers. They will be manufacturing 50,000 of these shield a day. They come in boxes of 125 and cost $385 per box.

The face shield is adjustable, lightweight, and designed to be worn comfortably for long periods of time. It provides extended splash coverage and prolongs the usable life of N95 respirators and masks. MIT and Polymershapes, Inc. have collaborated to make the shields. MIT has licensed the design royalty free, with no financial interest.

Polymershapes, Inc. will be manufacturing 50,000 of these shields a day. Polymershapes, Inc. has eighty manufacturing facilities around the US and can ramp up production of the face shields to millions per day as demand requires.

If anyone wishes to help our front line health care heroes, checks can be made payable to: The Westfield Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. and sent to The Rotary Club of Westfield, c/o Clark Lagemann, The Westfield Area YMCA, 220 Clark St, Westfield, NJ, 07090. The Westfield Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3, so contributions are tax deductible. Please write “For Face Shields” on the check. Thank you for your generosity.

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For more information, contact Rotary Club Secretary Dr. D. Michael Hart,