Billings Clinic is asking for donations of cloth masks from the sewing community to distribute to patients and guests visiting their facilities for care.
360 Office Solutions will serve as the drop off location for cloth masks in Billings at 3676 Pierce Parkway or at its other locations around the state. Billings Clinic will launder the masks before distributing to patients and guests. Only completed masks (not mask materials) are being accepted. In a press release, the clinic asked sewers to use their own equipment and fabric.
“Proper hand hygiene and social distancing are the two most important measures that someone can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but cloth masks may provide additional benefits,” said Dr. Neil Ku, Billings Clinic Infectious Disease Specialist. “Cloth masks may offer some protection to prevent the mask wearer from spreading droplets from coughs or sneezes to the general public.”
Several groups including the Mask Crusaders of B-Town, a local Facebook sewing group, and church communities have already offered to help.
Directions for making cloth masks may be found at billingsclinic.com/foundation.
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