Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

A call out for hospital supplies

 

Bethany Helwig

Examples of sewn face masks made by the Star-Gazette's editor.

Mercy Hospital is accepting sewn face masks from the community. The Mercy Foundation is coordinating this effort. People interested in making masks should contact Michelle Anderson, The Mercy Foundation, at 218-485-5586 or mranderson@mercymooselake.org for information about preferred patterns and drop-off information. Both the hospital and the foundation greatly appreciate the support of the community.

Gateway Family Clinic is accepting donations of N95 respirator masks at any of their locations.

The Minnesota Department of Health gave some guidelines for making sewn masks to donate. The mask must tightly enclose the area around the nose and mouth, from the bridge of the nose down to the chin, and extending onto the cheek beyond the corners of the mouth, so no gaps occur when talking or moving. Use material that is tightly woven but breathable (such as 100% cotton quilting fabric; tea cloth is also a suggested material). Possibly double-layer the fabric. Use an accordion fold to mimic a hospital mask as much as possible. They also recommend using elastic straps that loop behind the ears.

There is no standard design for homemade facemasks, so consider innovation using the design principles above. Various examples and step-by-step tutorials can be found online.

 

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