Groups such as the Central Oregon Emergency Mask Makers have formed from the ether in the past couple weeks. Local nurses, dentists, orthodontists and other health care workers have been working on crafting or obtaining PPE as well.
And now, we have a picture of how St. Charles Health System is going to use those hand-sewn and locally made PPE products, and when people inside local hospitals will begin using the things people have made thus far.
- Nicole Vulcan
On Wednesday afternoon, SCHS announced its "10,000-masks campaign" via press release.
SCHS' release went on to say that it has collaborated with local health care workers and volunteers to settle on a mask pattern that is comfortable and functional. Once people donate masks—which they can do through a number of channels, including St. Charles drop sites as well as collection drives through the C.O. Emergency Mask Makers Facebook group—St. Charles will have masks professionally laundered.
SCMS asks people not to bring donations to local hospitals, but instead to use donation drop sites that include 3rd. St and Hwy. 97 Albertson’s locations in Bend, St. Charles Family Care in Sisters, Wagner’s Market in Prineville, Logan’s Market in Redmond and Erickson’s Thriftway in Madras.
In addition, the Central Oregon Emergency Mask Makers continue to collect masks at collection sites including:
Bend Veterinary Clinic
360 NE Quimby Ave, Bend
220 W Cascade Ave., Sisters
Redmond Police Department
777 SW Deschutes Ave, Redmond
Crook County Fire & Rescue
500 NE Belknap St., Prineville
276 NE 10th Street, Madras
Wickiup Animal Hospital 52407 Skidgel Rd
Drop off before 5pm
See the other Masking Together stories:
Make Masks Cool: Bend nurses dole out PPE to coworkers, after an angel donation fell in their laps
Masking Together: Central Oregonians mobilize to make more PPE—with safety in mind, of course
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