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Masks for St. John’s Health

Opportunity is ongoing
For Ages 12+

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We are asking Jackson Hole community members to help protect patients and health care workers at St. John’s Health. By creating or donating personal protective equipment, like masks, our dedicated hospital workers can keep fighting the spread of COVID-19.

With a national shortage of PPE due to the coronavirus disease outbreak, community members can help in a variety of ways:

  1. Sewing standard masks: Cloth or Surgical Wrap, Ties and Loops
  2. Donating unused medical PPE like masks, gloves, face shields

St. John’s Health is asking for two styles of homemade fabric masks from our community as we continue to prepare for COVID-19. Thank you so much for your interest and care.

Style #1: Standard Mask: *Please wash cotton material before you make your masks so the material has already shrunk prior to you making the mask*

Any community member can create a standard mask! Emergency Department RN Keegan Pfeil has started a grass-roots effort to recruit community members’ help in making standard medical masks. Click here to download the PDF pattern and instructions.  Links to instructional videos are included in the PDF.  We recommend reading the instructions before watching the videos as some modifications have been made.

Contact Joni Upsher at the St. John’s Volunteer Office with questions at jupsher@tetonhospital.org.

Style #2: Surgical Wrap Mask- * Please pick up blue material from the front of the hospital for these masks.  DO NOT WASH.  These masks will be sterilized by the hospital.*

We are asking community members to make surgical wrap masks.  The material for these masks can be picked up at the front entrance of the hospital. Please only take the amount of surgical wrap you think you will use.  We are also asking to please make the tails  2 inches longer on each tie.  

Click here to view the instructions for making the surgical wrap masks.  Click here to watch a video on how to make these masks. (Please use the blue material provided by St. John’s Health to make these).

Drop Off:
Please deliver masks at the main hospital entrance at the temperature monitoring station. The station is open daily from 7am-7pm. A box is there for mask collection. This is also where donations of n95 masks, commercial masks, standard face masks, medical and commercial goggles and face shields, gloves, and unopened bottles of sanitizer are being accepted.

Cleaning and Distribution:
All masks will be laundered at St. John’s Health before use or distribution.

For more information contact JH Community Mask Project at jhcommunitymaskproject@gmail.com and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

*Fabric masks are not being used in the care of COVID-19 patients, according to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. Fabric masks can be helpful in other areas of patient care as supplies of PPE are depleted and we are using them in accordance with our internal use guidelines and for patients, families, and visitors. *

Homemade Mask Usage/Cleaning

Wearing a mask while going out in public could help to protect the community from viral spread.

Wearing a homemade mask will not prevent you from acquiring COVID and does not replace the need for proper distancing, hand hygiene, and stay at home guidelines.

Always wear your face mask in the same orientation, i.e., you should always have the same side facing outward (the contaminated side).

Face masks should be machine-washed with hot water and soap. Wash frequently to eliminate any residual flu particles, which may be contaminating the outside of the mask.

Remove your mask by taking the straps from the back of your head and pull forward — do not touch the material part of the mask.

Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you touch your mask ie taking it on/off, adjusting it.

Please click here for CDC Guidelines for mask usage.


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