Mask donations needed

Staff Writer

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, hospitals around the world are struggling to keep healthcare workers and patients safe with basic personal protection equipment, such as face masks.
    Adams Memorial Hospital is seeking the public’s in making and donating homemade face masks to help with the shortage of protective equipment.
    “We have an immediate need for these types of masks to help make our current supply of paper masks last longer in our nursing homes and hospital,” a social media post from the hospital states.
    Orders for standard/disposable masks are on long back-orders, due to both demand and supply chain issues. Other hospitals across the country are reporting the same supply concerns.
    Susan Sefton, director of community outreach for Adams Health Network, said those donating masks may drop them at the front desk, where they will then be laundered and distributed.
    According to the Centers of Disease Control, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. Prior to modern disposable masks, washable fabric masks were used in hospitals.