UHRU is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting efforts that create and deliver mask covers to frontline healthcare workers in Georgia. As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies across the county, the frontline healthcare workers are running out of N95 masks, a form of personal protective equipment that prevents airborne particles from contaminating the face. With this severe shortage of masks, UHRU is partnering with a volunteer organization called the Georgia Sewers to offer a solution that will help healthcare workers during this novel pandemic.
UHRU is connecting our partner federally qualified health centers to Georgia Sewers to ensure they have mask covers. We are facilitating this effort through donations to the Georgia Sewers to acquire supplies and cover shipping costs. Donations to the Georgia Sewers can be made by Donating with PayPal. Select “UHRU: COVID-19 SUPPORT.”
The mission of the Georgia Sewers is to sew mask covers for hospitals that have a supply shortage of N95 masks. The mask covers provide a second layer of protection for wearers and are to be worn over the N95 mask to preserve the life of the mask. The covers are designed for one time use but are reusable if sanitized.
The Georgia Sewers have been working closely with the Georgia Hospital Association and Phoebe Putney Health System to distribute the masks across Georgia. The organization hopes to expand their efforts from Phoebe Putney to hospitals, federally qualified health centers, nursing homes, jails, and other facilities in need across the state.
For an organization to receive masks from Georgia Sewers, a request needs to be submitted through a recipient form. To become a Georgia Sewers volunteer, you can fill out a volunteer form. Both forms can be found on the Georgia Sewers Facebook page.