Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Tuesday that San Diego will donate 1,000 3D- printed face shields to Tijuana, Mexico for use in public hospitals, said a CBS8 report.

He added that the face shields were printed in San Diego libraries, which have been closed to the public due to the pandemic, and utilized in the meantime to produce face shields for local hospital workers.

City officials said the printers can produce about 300 face shields per week, with more than 1,600 produced and donated over the past month.

There is also a donation of five ventilators made by CalDART, a group that uses general aviation aircraft for disaster airlifts, which will manufacture and distribute the emergency ventilators, the report added.

This is the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, that the City of San Diego addressed the surge in COVID-19 cases crossing the border into the region. 

On April, the San Diego Region Border Unified Command was established. 

It is consist of more than a dozen local, state and federal agencies, which will track and respond to any impacts brought on by U.S. citizens crossing into the U.S. from Mexico to seek treatment for COVID-19 or other illnesses, said the report.

The U.S.-Mexico border remains closed to non-essential travel. 


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