Your Community: Healthcare masks wanted

Calling all crafters! Johnson County is seeking donated face masks for our community’s healthcare workers, first responders, and other front-line staff working to combat the spread of COVID-19.

While the Johnson County Library buildings have been closed, Makers from the Black and Veatch Makerspace in the Central Resource Library have been hard at work sewing masks, and several Library staff have since joined in their efforts. If you like to sew and would like to join them from home in assembling masks, the Makers recommend these resources for making masks.

One of the Makers who is helping sew masks, Nick Ward-Bopp, wants to encourage others to help. “This is an emergent situation and these masks are the last line of defense when all other standard personal protection equipment (PPE) is not available,” Ward-Bopp said. Guidance from healthcare professionals and public health officials is shifting to encourage more people to wear masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. “This shift is further increasing the demand of PPE” said Ward-Bopp. He offered up some advice to those who may feel overwhelmed, “take your time, take breaks and share photos of what you are working on to inspire others to join in.”

In addition, Johnson County has given this guidance about homemade masks:

  • Pleated masks are better, made with at least two layers of fabric and elastic rather than tied. However, they will take whatever you can make. Elastic may be in short supply.
  • Masks do not need to be pre-washed before being donated.
  • Completed masks should be dropped off at the Johnson County MED-ACT station, located at 205 E. Flaming Rd. in Olathe, during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To learn more about donating masks, visit the Johnson County webpage.

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