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COVID-19 UPDATES

started #3H Hillsborough Hospitality Help GoFundMe campaign, a fundraiser in support of displaced Hillsborough-based employees. Andrew Canada, pharmacistin-charge at GLOBALRx, will match up to $5,000 in donations from businesses. Donate to the cause at gofundme.com/f/hillsboroughhospitality-help.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced in March that the U.S. Small Business Administration (US SBA) approved his “disaster declaration” request, citing the economic impact of the coronavirus. The Disaster Assistance Loan offers lowinterest federal loans to North Carolina small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus. Small businesses are eligible for loans up to $2 million. sba.gov/fundingprograms/disaster-assistance

The Orange County Board of Commissioners created an Emergency Small Business funding program for Orange County small businesses experiencing revenue loss due to the coronavirus pandemic in the form of both grants and loans. The county offered zerointerest loans up to $20,000 with loan repayment over five years to eligible applicants and awarded grants totaling up to $5,000 to eligible applicants. In response to the coronavirus, LaunchBio went virtual in March and transitioned all “Larger Than Life Science” inperson programs to Zoom for free. Register the day before a webinar to receive a link for the program the day before. Spoonflower, a fabric printer and e-commerce firm, started producing masks for health

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care workers to supplement the nationwide shortage due to the coronavirus. As of April 3, they’ve used more than 1,109 yards of fabric to make an estimated 13,308 masks. Additionally, they set up an online Coronavirus Relief Efforts Hub for those in need of a mask. The Frankie Lemmon Foundation created the Triangle Restaurant Workers Relief Fund in late March in an effort to support restaurant workers in our community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. After recognizing the high volume of need in the restaurant industry, the foundation decided to partner with North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association to form the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund to expand their outreach to a larger number of businesses and service workers.

Visit frankielemmonschool.org to donate. To support social distancing and reduce contact of surfaces, GoTriangle announced in March that it will suspend all fare collections indefinitely and ask that all riders enter and exit through the rear doors of buses. As a response to the economic impact of the coronavirus, General Electric Aviation will lay off 10% of its workforce at their jet engine plant that employs hundreds of workers in Durham. Additionally, GE Aviation implemented a hiring freeze in March, the cancellation of the salaried merit increase, a reduction of all non-essential spending and a decrease in its contingent workforce. The Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce

IBM, with a major campus in Research Triangle Park, announced in March that it would deploy supercomputers to help find a cure for the coronavirus. IBM, through what it’s calling the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, partnered with the White House Office of Science and Technology Police and the U.S. Department of Energy while working alongside other big names such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Lenovo is also contributing by teaming up with Intel and a Chinese genetics technology firm to use high-performance computing to research the virus. Students at the UNC School of Medicine teamed up with Duke University and N.C. State in March to produce 40,000 reusable face shields using 3D printing for health care workers who are on the frontlines combating COVID-19. Students created about 100 different designs before they found the best prototype. The team used

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Durham Magazine May 2020  

How We Live Now / Women of Achievement

Durham Magazine May 2020  

How We Live Now / Women of Achievement