New York State to Use Prison Labor to Make Hand Sanitizer
New York State is trying to contain the coronavirus outbreak as best it can by producing its own hand sanitizer that will be free to residents.
According to a press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, New York State now has 142 cases of the coronavirus. To combat the outbreak, New York State will begin to produce 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer per week. The sanitizer will be distributed to the most impacted and high-risk communities, including New Rochelle in the lower Hudson Valley. It will also be distributed to state agencies.
The hand sanitizer will be made at the DOCCS correctional industries entity know as Corcraft. The formula that will be made is alcohol-based and is recognized by the World Health Organization. Production of this hand sanitizer has already begun at the Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, in Washington County. 98 prisoners will be making the hand sanitizer at this facility. The laborers in New York State prisons make an average of 65 cents per hour, according to Gothamist.
The Guardian reports that the hand sanitizer is 75% alcohol, as opposed to typical solutions that are usually 60% alcohol. It will also have a scent of flowers. The hand sanitizer will be available in 1.7 oz., 7 oz., and gallon containers. If your local government is looking to get the New York State made hand sanitizer, the following statement was in the press release from Governor Cuomo:
Local governments seeking to obtain additional stocks of hand sanitizer should work with their County's Emergency Manager and local Health Department to submit requests directly into NY Responds, the state's web-based system which enables both local governments and state agencies to submit and share vital emergency-related information and resource requests.
Governor Cuomo also provided coronavirus prevention tips from the New York State Department of Health in the press release. These include washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and staying home when sick.