Bill Ford '79

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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Maggie Zhang and Daniel He

Alumni create online directory to support local businesses

Mar 30, 2020 Community

Maggie Zhang ’16 and Daniel He ’16 recognize that small businesses are the heart of our communities — and the most susceptible to the economic effects of the pandemic. To help those businesses survive, they created Local for Later, an online directory to promote local businesses through gift cards. they wrote on their site, which has grown to include 11 U.S. cities.

Each city’s list is made up of businesses submitted by users, and includes restaurants, shops, and activities like theaters and tour companies.

See the lists and add your favorite here.

Messages to #VirtualPrincetonU

Princeton Faculty Members Send Greetings As Classes Go Virtual

Mar 26, 2020 Community , Education

No one has all the answers about what comes next, not even Princeton faculty. But as Princeton shifted to virtual learning during the COVID-19 outbreak, professors from across disciplines sent warm video reassurance that their mission remained the same, and that Princeton is wherever you are.

#TellUsTigers Q&A: Tanesha Brown, nurse manager, University Health Services

#TellUsTigers Q&A: Tanesha Brown, nurse manager, University Health Services

Mar 20, 2020 Community , Health Care

Tanesha Brown, the nurse manager at University Health Services, is a critical member of the University’s coronavirus preparedness team, working with a broad range of departments and colleagues across campus. She reflects on addressing the fear of the unknown, how she practices self-care and the most important things she wants people to know during the coronavirus crisis. Read more …