Press release from Transylvania Community Arts Council:
Do you have sewing skills and a stash of fabric?
Transylvania Community Arts Council would like to invite YOU to use your sewing skills to create face masks in support of our Transylvania County health care workers and residents during the COVID-19 health crisis.
What can YOU do to help?
Transylvania Public Health urges people who have supplies of surgical masks and N95 respirators to donate them to Transylvania Regional Hospital and other local healthcare providers. They will also accept homemade face masks.
Homemade masks are allowed by CDC recommendations as a last resort for care of patients with COVID-19 in settings where facemasks (either surgical masks or N-95 respirators) are not available. These masks are NOT considered PPE and are ideally used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front and sides of the face.
Please visit this link for a free pattern and tutorial to create three different sized face masks. You can also click on the photos in this email for other variations of free face mask patterns and tutorials through JOANN Fabrics’ website.
Transylvania Public Health recommends using your at-home fabric stash to create masks, rather than traveling out to purchase new supplies. JOANN Fabric has started a program to give away face mask materials.
Where can YOU donate home made face masks?
We are waiting to hear from Transylvania Public Health on the best ways to collect homemade facemasks and get them to the places that need them most; more details will be coming soon.
Please remember that the CDC does not recommend that people without symptoms wear facemasks, unless they are caring for someone with COVID-19. Sick people should stay home unless seeking medical attention, and should wear masks to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others.