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Volunteers sewing masks for healthcare facilities in Dodge County
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Volunteers sewing masks for healthcare facilities in Dodge County

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Volunteers contribute to comfort of patients

KELLY SIMON

ksimon@wiscnews.com

As people are staying at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19, medical facilities across the country are looking for do-it-yourselfers to put their skills to good use.

Making masks

Wearing a mask she made, Marlee Christians shops for material Monday morning at Joann Fabrics and Crafts store in Beaver Dam. Christians has sewn approximately 60 masks and donated them to Prairie Ridge Health to help protect people from COVID-19.

Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam is one of those facilities asking for volunteers to sew face masks to alleviate the national shortage due to the pandemic.

Dan Moritz, volunteer spiritual care manager at MMC-BD, said the need is high.

“We’re already getting a huge response to our request for handmade masks. They are valued. What a great community we live in,” he said.

Sewn masks will be distributed to patients to help provide a protective barrier, so that medical-grade N95 masks may be conserved for healthcare providers.

Instructions to sew the masks can be found at bdch.com/community-support. The hospital will launder the masks before use.

Elastic needed to make the masks has been is short supply, so donations of extra elastic are welcome. Masks will be accepted with cloth ties if elastic cannot be found.

Sold out

Walmart in Beaver Dam was sold out of 1/8" flat elastic on Monday morning. The item has been in high demand as it is being used by many people sewing face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Moritz said gender neutral fabric colors would be appreciated.

To limit exposure to others, donations can be dropped off in outside receptacles. They are located by the flag poles near the main entrance to the hospital, 707 S. University Ave., or at Entrance A of the Warren Street building.

Marlee Christians, who has made about 60 masks already, said she is happy to help during this time.

“It’s not really that hard and I’ve got to have something to do right now to keep busy,” she said.

Follow Kelly Simon on Twitter @KSchmidSimon or contact her at 920-356-6757.

Follow Kelly Simon on Twitter @KSchmidSimon or contact her at 920-356-6757.

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