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San Diego libraries use 3D printers to make PPE for hospitals

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Posted at 3:12 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 18:12:48-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego's public libraries are doing their part to keep kids busy while at home, and now, they're aiding local hospitals.

The library system's 3D printers are being used to make personal protection equipment (PPE) face shields for medical staff at local hospitals, including Kaiser Permanente and Scripps Health.

The manufacturing effort was ordered by Mayor Kevin Faulconer as part of an executive order issued on March 30. The order directs the city's library department to use all of its 3D printers to produce "any parts or equipment requested by the health care community, specifically hospital facilities, in response to COVID-19."

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The order adds that the city will offer up all available city property, vacant or surplus, to the state to assist in any surge of coronavirus cases.

Local hospitals have also been accepting donations from the public for various pieces of PPE. Ways to donate to local hospitals can be found here.