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By Genevieve Shuey
For The Sentinel 

Local group making masks for health professionals

Group urgently needs volunteers

 

March 25, 2020



Not just any face mask will do.

During the current COVID-19 crisis, one kind of mask in particular is most effective; it’s called an N95. And a group of people in Goldendale are working hard to make these masks—well, they’re not quite N95s, but they’re very close—for health care professionals. These can also be used to cover N95 masks, which would prolong their effective use. To meet potential demand, the group really needs a lot more volunteers to help make the masks.

Although the Klickitat County Health Department and Klickitat Valley Health (KVH) have stock on hand and are working to restock supplies that have been used, they are still working to obtain enough masks for all health care workers and citizens in our area if we experience a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The group making the homemade masks is calling itself Goldendale Mask Mission, and they have the surgical sheeting necessary to construct the masks. The group is seeking volunteers to help them make 10,000 masks. Anyone with even rudimentary sewing skills and a sewing machine can easily make these masks.

Mara Lewis, one of the groups founders, says: “At KVH, our healthcare workers are working 14-hour days to prepare for what might happen here in Goldendale as cases continue to rise. If our doctors, nurses and staff cannot protect themselves and get sick, there is no one to replace them.” That’s where the group can help. “As we rally as a state, to stay home so we can protect our healthcare workers and each other, we can also help by making emergency homemade masks.”

The group is looking for 100 volunteers to make 100 masks each.

If you would like to volunteer, go to: https://tinyurl.com/vyv2emp.

To arrange for completed masks to be picked up, call or text Casey Hicks at (360) 798-5878 or Mara Lewis at 261-0595, or email chicks@kvhealth.net

To see a tutorial online on how to make a mask, go to: https://tinyurl.com/t7oome6.

 

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