To Help Fight COVID-19, Manufacturers Create Devices and Services for Doctors

Companies have slowed production of their core products to break new ground in areas of personal protective equipment—and philanthropy

ROOM, a manufacturer of privacy booths, has re-engineered its signature product to serve as a safe zone in which doctors can administer COVID-19 tests. The so-called Test Booth is a partial acrylic enclosure for patients. Gloved receptacles, built into it for caregivers’ hands, enable interaction without physical contact. Besides sharing the booth’s technical drawings, so that others may duplicate its design, the company has also launched, where hospitals can put in a request for the device. Courtesy ROOM

As the coronavirus has shuttered cities and immobilized citizens, many manufacturers of interior and architectural products in the United States have found ways to offer support to vulnerable populations and provide free protective gear to medical professionals.

In the Northeast region, where the pandemic has seen the worst fallout, several companies have responded over the past month, supporting local efforts to fight COVID-19.

New Jersey–based furniture manufacturer Stylex acted swiftly to divert part of its personnel and fabrication equipment for response to the COVID-19 crisis. The company is cutting and sewing over 400 masks a day for distribution to local hospitals, given that its state is one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus.

In Northern New Jersey, Dauphin was inspired by the 100 Million Masks challenge to supply masks to healthcare facilities in and around Boonton, as well as to donate synthetic materials to volunteers who wish to make their own Masks.

Felt products manufacturer Filzfelt and its sister company Spinneybeck hope to hit a target of 125,000 masks—medical ones for facilities in the state of New Hampshire as well as fabric masks for nonmedical use.

Metropolis has gathered more examples from across the nation—and across the pond—of manufacturers who are developing solutions for the fight against COVID-19:

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