Individuals, organizations rally to support local Coronavirus response

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 25, 2020 12:30 am

QUINCY -- Blessing Health System officials say individuals and organizations have been asking to volunteer to make cover masks to assist local medical professionals.

The volunteer-made masks are placed over a traditional respirator N95 mask to allow it to be worn for a longer period of time without becoming contaminated.

Blessing Health System is following federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for health systems across the country to implement tactics to conserve the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). One CDC-approved tactic is the use of cloth masks over PPE N95 masks to extend the life of the masks.

If interested in making masks, call Blessing's Volunteer Services Office at 217-223-8400, ext. 6820 or 6821, to pick up a packet. Packets will include fabric and instructions on how to make the masks. Volunteers will need a sewing machine and thread.

There will be a drop box for all homemade masks at Blessing Hospital's circle driveway at 11th and Broadway.