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Randy Gorbman

23 March 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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A longstanding Rochester company called Hickey Freeman, which specializes in tailored clothing, has begun to use its sewing machines to create facemasks for frontline health workers. At full capacity, the factory lead...

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Tom Gjelten

23 March 2020

Shady Side, Maryland, United States

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Many churches throughout the U.S. have moved their weekly services online during the coronavirus pandemic, but not all needs can be addressed this way. To help offer services like counseling and individual prayer, som...

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Brittany Schock

22 March 2020

Galion, Ohio, United States

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Six months ago, a distillery in Ohio had the idea to start making hand sanitizer on-site, but because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus and the FDA changing regulations, the business has now fast-tracked the idea...

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Dasl Yoon

22 March 2020

Daegu, South Korea

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In order to reduce the mortality rate from the coronavirus pandemic as much as possible, medical centers and the government in South Korea reserved beds only for the most ill, while others were quarantined in supervis...

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Alix Wall

20 March 2020

Berkeley, California, United States

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When the Bay Area issued a shelter-in-place order as a response to containing the spread of COVID-19, businesses had to adapt. From a local distillery creating hand sanitizer at cost, to a restaurant offering grocerie...

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Anya Kamenetz

20 March 2020

United States

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In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, school districts are trying a number of approaches to ensure students still have access to free breakfasts and lunches even though they are not coming to school. In some cities...

The New York Times

Gina Kolata

20 March 2020

Omaha, Nebraska, United States

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As hospitals are forced to reuse protective masks during the coronavirus pandemic, researchers at the University of Nebraska are finding ways to decontaminate the masks, including with ultraviolet light.

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Clark Fouraker

20 March 2020

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Because they have the appropriate ingredients and facilities, Deep Ellum Distillery is making hand santizer and offering it for free to anyone who needs it. They are also endorsing people to order food to-go in order ...

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Aaron Brown

20 March 2020

Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States

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A Cheyenne distillery named Chronicles Distilling is one of several companies across the city that are repurposing their services to suit the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are using their distillery to make han...

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Ellie French

19 March 2020

Warren, Vermont, United States

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Distilleries and pharmacies in Vermont have begun making hand sanitizer, in order to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Although this does take away from the typical function of the businesses and doesn't re...

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Sarah Pulliam Bailey

19 March 2020

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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Birmingham, Alabama’s Church of the Highlands has opened up a drive-through COVID19 testing station that has already seen over 1,000 people. By coordinating with Alabama’s governor, the church is able to help test peo...

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Sigal Samuel

19 March 2020

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently asked Roni Rosenfeld, a professor of computer science who typically uses artificial intelligence to forecast the spread of seasonal influenza, to turn his comput...

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Michael Rubinkam

17 March 2020

New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, United States

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Several distilleries across the U.S. are shifting gears from producing beer to instead producing hand sanitizer to play a part in addressing the coronavirus pandemic. Combatting the shortage of the product, while also...

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Ryan Quinn

16 March 2020

Charleston, West Virginia, United States

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Schools have closed across the nation to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but that's left many students without access to meals. To address this, Kanawha County has started to use school buses to trans...

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Kristin Toussaint

16 March 2020

Milan, Italy

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In Italy, with ventilators in short supply and a growing need for them endangering people's lives, the local FabLab began to print replacement valves on 3-D printers. Even though the hospital supplier withheld the des...

The New York Times

Benjamin J. Cowling

Wey Wen Lim

13 March 2020

Singapore

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Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong have each shown success with slowing the pace of the coronavirus outbreak due in part from learning lessons during the 2002 SARS outbreak. Combining different approaches to social dist...

The New York Times

Wudan Yan

13 March 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In early January, doctors at UW Medical Center began preparing for a coronavirus outbreak by transforming a research lab into a screening center for coronavirus that delivers results within a day. Now, coupled with a ...

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Caroline Sanders

13 March 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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As restaurants look at a myriad of ways to enhance the cleanliness of their businesses in light of the coronavirus pandemic, a distillery in North Carolina chose to shift their focus from gin-making to making and dist...

The New York Times

Amy Qin

4 February 2020

Wuhan, China

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Thousands of people in Wuhan, China are volunteering to buy groceries, get medicine, and take community members to the hospital as a means to help those that need it during the coronavirus outbreak. Although the volun...

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