Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County is looking to mobilize an army of crafters who can sew face mask covers to help with the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers are facing throughout Ohio and the nation as they treat patients with COVID-19.
“Many crafters are reaching out and offering to make face mask covers,” said Amy LeVan, director of volunteer services at Ohio’s Hospice. “While our health care professionals are using their PPE equipment thoughtfully, these homemade face mask covers may help us extend our supply of PPE if shortages continue to be a challenge.”
Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County is accepting face mask covers from smoke-free and pet-free environments.
These face mask covers will be used as a last resort based on current guidance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health care providers can use homemade face masks when face masks are not available.
However, the CDC states that homemade face masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect health care providers is unknown. The homemade face masks should be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front, extending to the chin or below, and the sides of the face.
The pattern is available online. If crafters have any questions, Jodi Howard, call volunteer coordinator at Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, at 740-335-0149.
Crafters may drop off their completed face mask covers in a bin at the main entrance of Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 N. Oakland Ave., Washington C.H.
Submitted by Craig Schrolucke senior director of mission engagement and communication, Ohio’s Hospice.