UPDATE: Firstly, a million thanks for your kindness and generosity – the masks have been great!
Updates we are learning as we get these masks in:
· Please use this pattern.
· Pre-wash material in hot water and dry on hot, before sewing this will help with shrinkage.
· Please make each side a different print if possible so that sides can be identified (prints do not need to match).
· Elastic hair ties can be used in place of elastic (no metal on ties).
· Please put masks in zip lock baggie w/the count on the outside.
Mask can be dropped off with the greeter at each of the doors at Gritman, or you can contact volunteer coordinator Kim Malm for pick up.
Two of our amazing emergency nurses, Ben, emergency clinical coordinator, and Nicole, emergency director, took a minute from their busy days to serve as fashion models with two of the collegiate-themed masks made by generous community members and organizations.
We have received numerous wonderful offers of support from individuals and many local groups, including sewing clubs and faith-based organizations, about sewing cloth face masks that can be used by our health care staff to cover their N95 masks.
N95 masks are critical for protecting our staff from viruses like COVID-19. Donated cloth masks – which do not serve as substitutes for the N95s – are used as covers for our N95 masks and allow us to extend their useful life.
We are currently welcoming face masks from the community, but we are asking volunteers to use the design specifications in this video
or this PDF (but make the mask an inch wider and an inch longer) and to contact our volunteer services coordinator, Kim Malm, at email@example.com, to coordinate production and delivery. She can also be reached at 208-883-5520.
We are grateful for the help and for how our community has rallied around health care providers and the staff here at Gritman Medical Center.
Visit gritman.org/coronavirus for the latest information and updates.