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Work wraps up on COVID-19 overflow center at State Fair Park (UPDATE)

More than 200 union tradespeople worked on the project, which entailed the installation of 500 hospital beds, temporary restrooms, dressing rooms and showers in one of the fairground’s exhibition halls. State and local officials enlisted the Army Corps of Engineers for the project, which is meant to give COVID-19 patients with relatively mild symptoms have a place to recover while hospital space is being reserved for people with the worst cases.

More than 200 union tradespeople worked on the project, which entailed the installation of 500 hospital beds, temporary restrooms, dressing rooms and showers in one of the fairground’s exhibition halls. State and local officials enlisted the Army Corps of Engineers for the project, which is meant to give COVID-19 patients with relatively mild symptoms have a place to recover while hospital space is being reserved for people with the worst cases.

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ON THE LEVEL: Local 18 distributing aluminum strips to ensure protective masks keep their seal

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Most people know supplies are running short of the sorts of protective masks often used to shield nurses, doctors and first responders from the deadly coronavirus. But what about the small aluminum strips that, when attached to the part of masks meant to go over a person’s nose, help to ensure there is a good seal?

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