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Locals work to supply masks for healthcare workers during PPE shortage

6 April 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

Due to COVID-19, there is an unprecedented shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the healthcare industry. The Valley Makers Association and local toy maker Ruth Rau of Mouse Loves Pig have teamed up to temporarily alleviate the PPE shortage.

They are currently focusing on creating sewn cloth masks for our local healthcare workers. If you are a healthcare worker needing PPE have your facility’s leadership fill out this survey.

The Valley Makers Association is taking great care to collaborate with healthcare professionals and other makers to develop these items. It is important to note that these items have not been tested or approved for medical use by any relevant authorities. The Valley Makers Association makes no guarantees that these masks will prevent transmission of COVID-19. Please continue to adhere to current CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Donations to the effort can be made through PayPal to offset the cost of supplies and running the operation. They are also accepting supply donations. Please email valleymakerassociation@gmail.com to arrange a donation. They currently need:

  • PLA and PETG filament – NO OTHER TYPES
  • 1/4″ elastic bands
  • Polycarbonate sheets around 1/4″ inch thick

If you would like to volunteer to assist in mask making, fill out this survey  and join the Valley Maker Masks Facebook group.

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