Ascension is now accepting homemade face masks
For the City Times
WAUSAU – Ascension Wisconsin is now accepting homemade face masks to address their needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“In response to recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ascension Wisconsin is now accepting homemade facemasks of any pattern,” the healthcare company said in a release. “Ascension Wisconsin will make donated cloth face coverings available to community members as an effort to slow the spread of the virus and ensure critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can be reserved for healthcare workers as recommended by current CDC guidance.”
CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community based transmission.
“The use of simple cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost are being used by the public as an additional voluntary public health measure,” the release said.
“Individuals using homemade masks should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing it while continuing to practice appropriate social distancing. Further, it is critically important for individuals receiving homemade masks to launder them prior to initial use and then continue to launder it daily. Failure to do so may increase your risk of illness.”
A pattern sample is available at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.
Ascension Wisconsin asks that all handmade masks be delivered clean, packaged in a resealable plastic bag with the quantity in the bag labeled.
Those interested in donating handmade masks are asked to email [email protected] for further information.