Health care workers asking for public’s help to fill potential mask shortage

Reporter: Nicole Gabe
Cape Coral Hospital. (Credit: Lee Health)
Cape Coral Hospital. (Credit: Lee Health)

People all over Southwest Florida are volunteering their time to make masks for healthcare workers that are vital to protect against COVID-19.

The only issues are—they need more of them.

No one is immune—Lee Health says just like everyone else, they need masks and other protective gear for their healthcare workers.

“I don’t know how long this is going to last and I don’t know how long the supply channels are going to remain strong,” said Chris Simoneau, Chief Foundation Development officer at Lee Health.

Simoneau is making a personal plea to residents across SFWL.

“If you’re stuck at home and you’re doing the right things and you want to help out, then I think you can sew,” said Simoneau.

Hospitals are looking for gloves, gowns, booties, hand sanitizer— but especially masks.

Right now healthcare workers are using the hospital’s supply— but they still need a backup plan.

“We may use the homemade masks to extend the use of the other respirators and masks,” said Simoneau.

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