Hamilton County Public Health said it would "be pleased" to accept the community's helping hand. The health department sent out a press release this afternoon encouraging Cincinnati craft and sewing enthusiasts to donate some of their time to create homemade face masks. The masks will be used for health care workers as a washable protective layer to wear over their N95 respirator or other personal protective equipment (PPE).
Tutorials for how to sew cloth face masks have been popping up all over the internet and media sites. And College Hills' Silk Road Textiles is even offering DIY face mask kits that you can purchase over the phone and pick-up from their store. The kits cost $15 and make 15 masks
"The community wants to help and we have an opportunity for them,” said interim Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman in the press release. “We have been receiving calls and notes from folks who sew, participate in craft clubs and other hands-on activities. We’d love their help.”
“Of course, these masks would not be used as part of medically required personal protection protocol,” said Dr. Steve Feagins, medical director at Hamilton County Public Health. “However, there are limited supplies of personal protective equipment, including masks."
Feagins added that is these cloth masks are used, they should be laundered daily.
If you'd like to help, you can drop off masks in the lobby of the Hamilton County Public Health building, located at 250 William Howard Taft Road in Mount Auburn. The drop-off will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Parking is available behind the building; enter through the marked doors to locate the drop-off box.
For more info, visit hamiltoncountyhealth.org.