Call to Action: Surgical and N95 Masks Needed

Trinity Health is reaching out to the community to shore up supplies during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders say the community has already been characteristically generous and responsive.

The call to action seeks the public’s assistance in acquiring any type of surgical mask or N95 mask. Volunteers are also requested to sew simple surgical masks.

Vice President Randy Schwan says while Trinity Health currently has the gear necessary to protect its frontline staff as they care for patients with COVID-19, shortages are expected given national demand.

“The supply of manufactured surgical masks and N95 masks is in high demand throughout the nation,” Schwan said. “As the number of covid-19 cases rises, we’ll be facing a shortage of supplies in the coming days and weeks. We’ve heard from a number of caring crafters across the region and others who’ve called about donating respirator masks, and we’re pleased to be able to work with them in this community effort.”

Trinity Health is working with the Ward County Emergency Manager’s office to help coordinate community offers to donate and sew masks and other supplies. Donors are instructed to email their information to Ward County Emergency Manager Jenn Wiechmann at Jennifer.wiechmann@wardnd.com.

As for groups and individuals willing to sew masks, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts has fabric available free of charge at its store in Town & Country Mall. Other items needed to sew the masks may be purchased.

“We are grateful to the city and county, and all our friends and neighbors who have reached out to provide assistance and donate supplies,” Schwan added. “A special thank you goes to Jo-Ann Fabrics and local groups of crafters for supporting this effort.”

SOURCE: Trinity Health

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