Ways to give back and get help in Fort Bend County during the coronavirus outbreak

Efforts to help people in need have been created in Fort Bend County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Efforts to help people in need have been created in Fort Bend County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Efforts to help people in need have been created in Fort Bend County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Places in Fort Bend County are working to provide for residents, the medical community and the business community in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

See how to get involved and give back in the community and how to get necessary supplies.

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Give back

Fort Bend County Chamber of Commerce

The Fort Bend County Chamber of Commerce is accepting personal protective equipment donations for those in the medical field. Its office, located at 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land, is open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. to accept donations of unopened gloves, masks and other vital medical supplies. These supplies will be donated to AccessHealth in Richmond.

Get help

Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is also hosting disinfectant distributions at 1521 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, for Fort Bend County residents only. Hours vary daily for distribution times, so be sure to check out the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook before heading out. According to a post from March 25, the FBCSO was able to hand out over 1,000 disinfectant bottles in five hours.

Forward Science

During the coronavirus outbreak, Forward Science—a medical technology company in Stafford—has shifted its production capacity to hand sanitizer.

According to a press release, the company is using its FDA-regulated facility to create high-quality hand sanitizer for local health care professionals and patients.

“When we heard that there was a shortage of hand sanitizer across the nation, we knew we needed to step up and help,” Forward Science President Brian Pikkula said in the release. “Not just Texans, but the world counts on our city to provide elite medical care. We quickly paused manufacturing on our typical products and focused heavily on meeting this need.”

Forward Science typically manufactures medical and pharmaceutical products focused on oral health care.

Harmony Public Schools

Although Harmony Public Schools are closed because of the coronavirus, a group of educators in Sugar Land have spent the last week in the lab 3-D printing medical face shields, according to a press release.

Mehmet Gokcek and a team of educational engineers are producing the face shields, the materials for which cost about $1 and each takes roughly five hours to complete, according to a release.

The release said Gokcek and his team are working with Harris County health officials to donate the shields and help alleviate the shortage of medical supplies throughout the region.

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