Calling all sewers to make Olson Mask

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Can You Help Make Masks for Health Care Workers?

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Anticipated demand for protective masks for health care workers nationwide is expected to rise due to COVID-19. UnityPoint Health is being proactive in addressing the possibility of future supply challenges and calling out to sewers in our community to help make masks.

IMPORTANT: Allen Hospital will provide the filter, double-sided tape and hair ties to complete the masks after they are dropped off.

Fabric masks offer the benefit of being able to be washed and re-used as each healthcare worker will need to change their mask several times during their shifts, as the mask becomes soiled or damp – for maximum protection.

A new modular mask, The Olson, named after 1930’s legendary maker nurse Lyla Mae Olson, was quickly developed by clinicians from UnityPoint Health and is being shared across the globe in the fight against COVID19. A group of clinicians teamed up in the generate prototyping space at UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids to create a series of experimental designs rooted in material science for easy fabrication. No special instruments are required for fabrication, and the pattern is compatible with common mask patterns being released around the country.

Your time and talent can greatly impact our ability to care for our community members and help ensure our safety as we do. Fabric masks will be placed over top of typical N95 respirators that health care workers wear so they can be re-used when they would otherwise be discarded.

They don't have to be stylish – just functional. Non-matching fabrics, thread, elastics are fine. It just needs to be well sewn mask with no frayed edges or missed seams.

Video Instructions

Completed Masks

  • Enclose completed masks in a closed plastic bag or closed plastic box.
  • We will launder and inspect them prior to use so no need to wash before delivering.
  • Please deliver to Allen Hospital:
  • Entrance 4 (EMERGENCY) open 24/7
  • Entrance 8 open 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Entrance 2 open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday