Your Materials and Skills are Needed!

As you're well aware, PPE (personal protective equipment) is running low in all hospitals and testing sites. Some states are offering to provide support to businesses that are able to make masks and gowns. This could keep some in our industry employed during this time.

If you have masks that can be used by our medical colleagues in your shops and your storage, please take a moment to contact your local hospital and health department and see how you can help by donating those items and materials. If you’re able to make masks that can be used in the less high-pressure areas, that’s a great way to help as well.

Making these products is defined as an essential business and allows for people to come in or work from home and deliver the product to the shop. Any way that you can help in this time — from donating masks and other PPE from your shops — to volunteering the assist in the manufacture of masks and other gear, your region will certainly be better off because of it.

Below is a list of resources categorized by state including what is most needed, donation locations, how to receive funding, and more. This list will be updated daily. If you have links to resources or other information that could be helpful, please email Jenn.

 

General PPE Information

 

Arizona

Here is a printable mask-making template free for anyone to use. The first shipment of masks made using this template will be sent to Arizona based hospitals. Click here for the template and instructions.

Colorado

COVID Mask Crafters, an international collective of stitchers is making home-sewn masks for healthcare workers to fill in the current massive shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cade Beck, Colorado and Utah cooordinator for COVID Mask Crafters in conversation with Colorado hospital administrators and other healthcare facilities as well as healthcare workers themselves, and a number of them are saying "YES, PLEASE!"

They need people with sewing machines to sew masks and people with materials (tight-woven cotton and cotton-blend fabric, elastic, bias tape/ribbon/tshirt fabric, wire/paper clips/pipe cleaners) to donate. People to pick up and deliver masks are also needed.
 
Anyone interested in helping email Cade Beck. Every facility has a specific set of needs, and your help is needed!
 
Check out COVID Mask Crafters website and Facebook.

Florida

The University of Florida Health’s department of anesthesiology has developed 2 prototypes for masks that can be produced in large quantities using materials already found in hospitals and medical facilities. Both prototypes have been fit tested. They are still refining their designs and assessing which work better for different types of faces and will update this as experiece is gained. Here are some things that set these masks apart from the rest.

  • Repurposing of Surgical Wrap (Halyard H600) which is readily available and regularly disposed of by hospitals with surgical departments.
  • Per manufacturer spec’s Halyard H600 blocks 99.9% of airborne particulates based on two layer construction.
  • We have successfully fit tested 2 patterns on a cross-section of hospital workers. Fit tests were completed in same format as N95 Respirator.
  • Mask is currently patent-pending by UF Health but instructions and dissemination of information is approved for both prototypes
  • We are continuing improving our processes and responding to healthcare worker concerns as these are already in hospitals in Gainesville, FL.
  • Masks must be sterilized before each use. Use consists of 1 shift according to CDC guidelines. For this reason these are not suitable for general public
  • We are running quality checks on any masks that get constructed by community members and fit-testing each healthcare worker before use
  • This is not a certified replacement for N95 masks but research shows when constructed and fit to our specifications it is far more useful in a healthcare setting than other materials currently being produced.

Mask instructions and FAQs can be found here. Please email Jennifer Dasher with any questions.

New York

  • For those in New York State, the Governor just announced that they will provide support to businesses that want to make masks and gowns for the medical community. If you think your shop could make masks and gowns, please call Empire State Development at (212)-803-3100. If the phone number is overloaded, please send an email to COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov. They can tell you what funding is available.
  • Open Jar Studios in NYC is offering paid work from home as part of their Broadway Relief Project: Covid-19 to manufacture of PPE, specifically hospital gowns. It is easy to sign up through their online form and instructions will be sent to coordinate a kit drop off that includes materials (thread, pre-cut fabric ready to be sewn, etc.) and clear instructions on what is expected. More information, here.

Pennsylvania

A group of Philadelphia volunteers collecting and distributing reusable cloth face masks to individuals, essential workers, community organizations, and healthcare workers. In order to ensure that scarce PPE goes to where it is needed most, they can assist by providing reusable face masks to those who request it. Click here for more information.

Minnesota

Blue Cross Joins Allina to Launch Skilled Volunteer Effort to Create Masks for Hospitals and Clinics in Minnesota

Tennessee

In Tennessee, PPE donation sites are located in armories. The Nashville PPE donation site is Houston Barracks. Other donation sites are listed here.

Utah

COVID Mask Crafters, an international collective of stitchers is making home-sewn masks for healthcare workers to fill in the current massive shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cade Beck, Colorado and Utah cooordinator for COVID Mask Crafters in conversation with Colorado hospital administrators and other healthcare facilities as well as healthcare workers themselves, and a number of them are saying "YES, PLEASE!"
 
They need people with sewing machines to sew masks and people with materials (tight-woven cotton and cotton-blend fabric, elastic, bias tape/ribbon/tshirt fabric, wire/paper clips/pipe cleaners) to donate. People to pick up and deliver masks are also needed.
 
Anyone interested in helping email Cade Beck. Every facility has a specific set of needs, and your help is needed!
 
Check out COVID Mask Crafters website and Facebook.
 

Washington

Seattle area business setting up shop to make PPE. Click here for more information and next steps.

West Virginia

Marshall University is making masks. Their local health care facilities want them to use our industrial washer on Hospital Sanitary setting to wash masks before they are distributed. They can accept masks from others, wash them and deliver them if needed. They are providing materials to their students/faculty but can't provide for everyone. Washing services only please. For more information, contact Mike Murphy.

Wyoming

The Wyoming Medical Center is in need of isolation gowns and other PPE. Click here for more information, guidelines, and drop-off options.