While COVID-19 has shut down much of Ford Motor Company’s global operations, there’s one thing they’re still making: medical supplies for health care workers.
“Right from the very start, it was from our local hospital saying, ‘Hey, we don’t have any protective equipment, who can help us,’ our company just jumped into action,” Bill Ford ’79 told 60 Minutes’s Norah O’Donnell.
Ford has since manufactured millions of face shields, masks, gowns, and portable respirators, and recently began producing ventilators. In conjunction with plastic barriers between workstations, those shields and masks are worn in the plant to keep workers safe. Ford is also testing watches that buzz when within six feet of each other, helping with social distancing and providing a way to trace contacts in the case of infection.
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