CLARKSTON, WA - The demand for personal protective equipment has created a severe shortage for health providers. A local volunteer movement is underway to sew fabric masks and donate them. Masks may be used by patients during their visits to health facilities.
A Facebook Group titled "Let's Face It Together" has been created by Elizabeth Black, M.D., for people in the community who are interested in participating in sewing mask donations. The group is being used to coordinate with those interested in sewing masks, and donating them Tri-State Memorial Hospital. For more information, and to volunteer, community members are invited to join the Facebook group.
Tri-State Memorial Hospital is working on ordering supplies, with the hopes that about 25,000 masks can be made. Once the supplies arrive, the hospital will need volunteers to help create the kits, and then distribute the kits to volunteers - who will then assemble to masks. Supplies are scheduled to arrive in the first week of April.
Tri-State is also welcoming face mask donations from the community. They are asking volunteers to use the design specifications from the video at THIS LINK, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For those who have created masks that they would like to donate, they can be dropped at the Tri-State Memorial Hospital front-north entrance. The hospital asks that donations be accompanied with a name and contact information, in order to thank and recognize those for their time and support during the COVID-19 crisis.
If you have supplies you would like to donate, contact D’Lynn Ottmar, Chief Development Officer, at Tri-State Hospital Foundation, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org