In the last few days, messages have been circulating social media that Urbana-based Carle is seeking assistance from the local Champaign-Urbana community by asking people to make non-surgical masks. .
On March 21, Carle issued this statement regarding the effort, and clarified the procedures.
Carle will use the non-surgical masks for those to “prevent spread of germs for people outside of patient care.” They emphasized that interested mask makers should use what supplies they have and not violate the stay-at-home order.
Volunteers should follow the state’s Stay Home Order, and shouldn’t leave their homes to purchase supplies; they also shouldn’t bring the masks to any location.
Carle will arrange pickups of masks
The good news for those who can’t or don’t want to leave their homes, but would like to contribute: Carle will arrange to pick up the masks from porches and doorsteps in Champaign and Vermillion counties.
Here’s the full statement (found on the Carle website):
“There are a few ways the community can help to address COVID-19. Stay home, give blood if possible, make a donation, or consider making masks for non-clinicians.
“To be clear, at this time Carle has sufficient supply of surgical masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for clinicians and continues to follow CDC guidance for the safety of patients and staff.
Any sewn masks do not prevent COVID-19, but may prevent spread of germs for people outside of patient care.
For those who wish to make masks, the following criteria must be followed:
- Make masks following these directions online: https://youtu.be/ueWkAuY3k6Y
- Bundle 25 masks in sealed zip lock bag.
- Include a typed note that says: These masks do not protect you from the virus that causes COVID-19 but may help prevent the spread of germs. Practicing good hand hygiene, social distancing and staying home are the best protections.
- Masks will be laundered before giving to those who are not in clinical roles.
- Carle will schedule pick up for packages of sewn masks from porches within Champaign and Vermilion Counties. Pick up must be arranged by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.