Phoebe employees’ homemade facemasks get national attention

Phoebe employees’ homemade face masks get national attention

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - As medical supply concerns continue across the nation, staff at Phoebe Putney Health System said Thursday that they had gotten very low on supplies for some vital equipment.

In Albany, Phoebe employees got creative, making their own masks to protect patients, doctors and staff during this health emergency.

The effort has gotten national attention.

Phoebe employees making the masks.
Phoebe employees making the masks. (Source: Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital)
Phoebe created a pattern, along with instructions.
Phoebe created a pattern, along with instructions. (Source: Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital)

People from all over have reached out to Phoebe and WALB, asking how they can make the masks for Phoebe or make them for hospitals where they live.

Phoebe created a pattern, along with instructions.

One Phoebe doctor suggested the homemade masks could go over the N95 respirators that team members caring for COVID-19 patients have to wear.

We are overwhelmed with the outpouring support we have received regarding making homemade face masks. Individuals and...

Posted by Phoebe Putney Health System on Thursday, March 19, 2020

The N95s are hard to come by right now.

The doctor said putting a homemade mask over an N95 mask could keep them from having to dispose of the N95 masks as often.

“This action will conserve precious medical supplies — like masks, shoe covers, and gowns — which are becoming increasingly difficult to find due to overuse, export bans and hoarding,” Kemp said.

The governor said he was also working with federal officials to get more materials and coordinate supply delivery to healthcare facilities that need them.

[ You can find a link to that pattern and the instructions by clicking here. ]

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