HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital accepting cloth mask donations

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In a press release Monday, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital announced they would be collecting cloth, handmade facemasks. With it they included the following links with criteria and instructions for making the masks they are requesting.

Click here to watch a tutorial on making masks with elastic straps
Click here to watch a tutorial on making masks with cotton straps
Click here to download printable instructions

The hospital will be collecting the masks between now and Friday, April 10, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Anybody donating masks is asked to deliver them to the collection bin located outside the hospital’s Chapel entrance on Taylor Drive. They requested that the masks be donated in packs of 25 sealed in sealing plastic bags.

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital also strongly encouraged universal masking throughout the community, in addition to the practice of social distancing and proper hygiene to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The release explained that while cloth masks cannot prevent a person from contracting COVID-19, they are helpful in keeping liquid droplets released from sneezes, coughs and simply exhaling from spreading into the air and they also help to stop people from touching their face. This is important as those who are infected with COVID-19 may not display any symptoms.