Ravalli County Community Members Making Homemade Face Masks

Wanting to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by coronavirus, Ravalli County community members are stepping forward to do what they can to help.

The sewing members of the community are sewing facemasks as a way to serve and put their stash of fabric and quilting tools to work. People wanting to help can pick up supplies and drop off completed masks at Patchwork Quilts in Hamilton.

Hamilton Christian Academy administrator Stephanie Beck has placed a pattern on the HCA Facebook page and hopes people with supplies will sew masks for general use and for people going in and out of the hospital.

Beck said her heart responded to a call for facemasks that she saw on Facebook.

“My friend who is a nurse posted, ‘is there anyone who could sew some of these kinds of masks, we don’t have what we need’,” Beck said.

Beck started researching and asked her brothers who are doctors and a local surgeon for their opinion.

“We started finding scientific research done from past epidemics, they studied the efficacy of cloth masks against viruses,” Beck said. “There is pretty intense research out there and the found it to be 40 to 50% effective against large droplets.”

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