Children's hospital needs cotton-fabric masks

Posted at 11:50 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 23:50:07-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is turning to the community to help make sure people are masked in non-patient care settings.

The hospital said it’s in need of cotton fabric masks to help protect patients, family and staff from COVID-19.

“This is really important because right now, the cases are on the rise in our state and in our local area and we know that wearing mask helps prevent COVID-19. So it’s an important part of our community-prevention activities,” said Angela Green, the hospital’s chief patient safety and quality officer.

Green said the cloth masks are used for patients not in inpatient settings, families who visit with them and employees who do not take care of patients.

“We have protective equipment for our staff, but visitors and staff who are not employed in patient care areas and parents who come in need to wear masks in all of our buildings. We use 200-300, at least, cloth masks per day to meet that need and it’s a demand that’s hard to keep up with,” said Angela Green, the hospital’s chief patient safety and quality officer.

The masks must be 100-percent cotton fabric with a pattern. The Volunteer Resources team has kits available with instructions and material to make masks.

You can find more information, including instructions for making the masks, from the hospital here.

The hospital said those interested in a kit can contact Volunteer Services at 727-767-4254 or