100 Million Mask Challenge: Volunteers Making Masks to Combat Shortage

Facing a massive national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) to fight COVID-19, Providence is taking matters into its own hands by making their own protective gear out of what they have on hand. 

To buy time as cases grow, Providence infection control is creating face shields with materials from their shelves - marine-grade vinyl, industrial tape, foam and elastic.  Earlier this week they visited hardware stores to get materials, and volunteers came together to start making the masks. 

"We are very close to being out of face shields," said Becca Bartles, executive director of infection prevention at Providence.  "Masks, we're probably a couple of days away." 

People who want to help the volunteers at Providence can check this link.  

More information to come.  Check back for updates.  


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