All staff members at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo are now required to wear some type of face mask.
Julie West, Volunteer Auxiliary Manager at the hospital, said the hospital has received face masks for the hospital nursing staff and the fabric masks made by volunteers will be worn by the non-clinical staff.
West said. “Some masks also are provided to patients and others who must enter the facility. We would be happy to accept any additional fabric face masks from anyone who would like to sew them and donate the masks to the hospital. We will launder and sanitize them before they are distributed.”
West said there are numerous patterns and instructions available on the internet as well as links to some face mask patterns and information about the COVID-19 virus on the hospital website: .
“For those who would like to make the masks, but have no elastic, there also is video link on the web page to make mask covers, which will allow staff to extend the use of the surgical masks,” West said. “Any and all donations are appreciated.”
Anyone with masks to leave at the hospital is asked to contact Darcy Hepner at 309-944-9106; Julie West at 309-944-9130, or Katie Orwig at 309-944-9122, between the hours of 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. “We will meet you at your vehicle so you will not have to enter the building,” West said.
“As this COVID-19 pandemic evolves, it is known that some people can e carriers of the virus without showing symptoms, so the CDC is now suggesting that all people wear some sort of face mask when interacting with others,” West said. “Make sure you make some masks for yourself and family members too.”