Green Bay – Prevea Health is collecting cloth, handmade face masks to be distributed as needed to staff members who are not involved in direct patient care, or to patients who may be in need of a mask for personal use.
 
Cloth, handmade masks cannot prevent a person from contracting COVID-19, but they can help keep the wearer’s respiratory secretions to themselves and prevent them from touching their face and mouth where the virus is easily spread. Wearing a mask in addition to practicing physical distancing can help curb the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
                        
“We have an appropriate supply of medical-grade masks for our medical providers, however, in an effort to conserve that supply, we would like to collect more cloth masks to support our non-clinical staff and patients,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO at Prevea Health. “Any assistance from the community during this time would be greatly appreciated by all of us here at Prevea Health.”
 
The mask collection will take place June 8 -19, weekdays only, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Collection bins will be located outside the Prevea Health/HSHS Executive Office Building at 2710 Executive Dr. in Green Bay. There is no limit to the amount of masks that will be accepted and masks should be bundled in increments of 25 in a sealed, plastic bag for drop-off.
 
Those who wish to make and donate masks to Prevea Health should follow these patterns and criteria:
  • Click here to watch a tutorial on making masks with elastic straps
  • Click here to watch a tutorial on making masks with cotton straps
  • Click here to download printable instructions
 
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About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.