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University of Maryland Medical System Seeks Volunteers to Construct Protective Masks
March 27, 2020 - April 27, 2020
The COVID-19 DIY Masks initiative is a way for our communities to assist during these unprecedented times. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued guidance approving the use of cloth masks in certain settings, to employees not providing care and by patients and visitors.
A link to Step By Step Instructions are provided at https://www.umms.org/coronavirus/what-to-know/masks
Once completed, you can put the masks in a plastic bag and drop off the masks at the registration desks at any of our UMMS hospitals. Employees manning these locations will place the masks into covered bins or plastics bags to keep them from getting dirty.
Registration desk employees will coordinate with each hospital Infection Prevention teams for transfer to infection prevention inspectors.
Infection Prevention teams will inspect the masks and determine which masks meet the appropriate standards for distribution. If a mask does not meet the appropriate standards, the mask will be removed from the supply.
Infection Prevention works with on-site Supply Chain representatives to deploy masks locally as needed to non-patient facing employees and visitors.