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How to help health care workers with masks, other supplies

If you’re looking for a way to help protect health care professionals dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some ways individuals, groups and organizations can help.

If you’re looking for a way to help protect health care professionals dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some ways individuals, groups and organizations can help.

Supplies (including masks)

While our supplies of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) are sufficient at this time, Norton Healthcare is accepting masks (including homemade), respirators and face shields from businesses and individuals who would like to make a donation.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend cloth material to protect against COVID-19, cloth masks can be used for other purposes. They should be new, in good condition and measure about 5 inches by 14 inches. A washable cotton or cotton blend is preferred. Homemade masks will be distributed to visitors, patients and staff for use at home.

How to Make a Mask

Download patterns from TheStitchingScientist.com or CraftPassion.com.

A few tips:

  • The outside fabric should be heavier, non-stretch fabric such as denim, duck cloth or twill. Inside fabric can be a cotton/cotton blend without stretch. Polyester is not breathable enough. Worn fabric will reduce level of protection.
  • Preshrink by washing in hot water before sewing.
  • Elastic is preferred; should stretch over the ears to adhere the mask to the face.
  • If elastic is not available, four ties (one at each corner) are acceptable as well. They should be 1/4-inch wide and long enough to tie into a bow at the back of the head and top of the head.
  • Each mask should consist of an outside layer and an inside layer, allowing a pocket for a filter insert.

“We are making strategic decisions to best utilize our supplies, but there is a well-documented nationwide shortage in several items, and we are grateful to the community for their outreach in this time of need,” said Scott Watkins, senior vice president, operations, at Norton Healthcare.

Requested items include:

  • Masks: (N95 or equivalent, surgical, simple, dust or homemade masks)
  • Sanitizer (made using the World Health Organization guidelines)
  • Gloves (unopened boxes of gloves, especially nitrile gloves)
  • Patient activity books and leisure materials (new; not accepting used items)

For questions, or if you would like to make donation arrangements for drop-off, please call (502) 629-8060.

Monetary donations

A gift to the Norton Healthcare Foundation Community COVID-19 Fund, through the Community Foundation of Louisville, will aid our efforts as a not-for-profit organization as we work together during the COVID-19 pandemic to care for our patients and families during this unprecedented time. Norton Healthcare thanks our community for the support of your generous donations of unused and unopened supplies.


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