Maryland businesses branch out to stay busy, help others during coronavirus outbreak

When Michele Turner first put the Hatch Exhibits two-piece mask on her face, she knew it felt different. She also knew it would get the job done.

Turner, a thoracic oncology nurse practitioner at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, was the tester and judge of Hatch Exhibits’ first protective head piece and shield unit, one of the many types of personal protective equipment in high demand across the country as health care professionals battle the new coronavirus.

She was approached by her friend of 15 years, Chris McCormick, co-owner of Hatch Exhibits, a custom fabrication company located in Elkridge that specializes in trade show booths and exhibits. McCormick, 47, lost all his business when it became clear that shows and conventions across the country would be canceled for the foreseeable future.

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