Faulconer asks local businesses to help deal with virus fallout

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was joined Thursday by representatives from Biocom, San Diego Workforce Partnership and the San Diego Distillers Guild to encourage local businesses to pivot operations to meet COVID-19 related needs.

“We have the capability right here in San Diego to make a meaningful difference,” Faulconer said in afternoon news conference.

Healthcare workers need protective gear, hospitals need ventilators and San Diegans need hand sanitizer — and the community is rising to the challenge. In the science field, there are strides being made towards a treatment for COVID-19. Local labs are working on a vaccine. ResMed is one of six companies called on by the federal government to put ventilation production into overdrive.

“ResMed is a great example of a San Diego company that is rising to the national and worldwide challenge,” Faulconer said.

A partnership between Workforce and the City of San Diego is not only helping those filing for unemployment, but also placing people in jobs that are still available.

Distilleries throughout the greater San Diego area have switched to producing hand sanitizer, now giving away hundreds of gallons to community members, healthcare workers, police officers and other first responders.

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