Updated: May 15, 2020
At the time, there were 18,000 cases reported in the U.S. (today 1.4 million), Ohio announced its first death, the New Orleans mayor issued a "stay home" order.
That's also the day the American Medical Association announced: “critical shortages in test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) remain unaddressed.” They also stated that "shortages of critical protective equipment are “posing a significant risk for our ability to treat COVID-19 patients and contain the spread of this pandemic,” the AMA said in its statement." The CDC recommended using bandanas as a last resort. Cut to: Cat Navarro.
Thanks to the leadership of Cat Navarro, and the ArtCube Army volunteers and material donors, caregivers had face shields in three days. All by film and TV art department professionals suddenly out of work, but not out of the instinct to help in a crisis.
Cat and her team raised over $17,000 for a three-week intense fabrication sprint (half of which went on to fund the continuation of the PPE fabrication and medical supplies for Downstate Hospital and others lead by James Bednak), distributed 2,500 handmade face shields and countless masks to over 20 hospitals. That's quite an accomplishment considering how soon Cat's team stepped in to stop the spread.