"A great example of locals stepping up, meeting a challenge and doing the right thing, finding out how to solve the problems," he said at a news conference Friday. "This is why we have to beat this virus because we have such people."
But in the midst of the American coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed at least 1,588 lives, that project now looks very different.
"All five districts have been very excited about the prospect of helping their communities during this pandemic," Ricketts' office said in a statement. "In addition to temporarily releasing their printers, they have all committed to providing the 3D plastic material and the clear acetate sheets (projector sheets)."
The equipment will go to Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk, the governor's office said. The facility has not emptied the inventory, but has a limited offer of protective equipment and accepted the offer.