VAN WERT – Many individuals, groups and businesses from the community have generously offered to help assist Van Wert Health in our preparedness efforts by sewing cloth masks. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not suggest cloth material as a first-line defense against the coronavirus, cloth masks work well for other conditions and can help conserve precious reserves of N-95 respirator masks.

Hand-sewn masks can be dropped off between 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily at the hospital, which is located at 1250 S. Washington Street, Van Wert.

Van Wert Health will be hosting a "Cloth Mask Drive-Thru Drop-Off" event at the Van Wert Health Center (Medical Arts Building) on Monday, March 30 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Simply pull up under the canopy and an employee will retrieve the masks directly from your car.

Place masks in a plastic bag and include a note to indicate whether or not there are pets in your home. Donated masks are thoroughly laundered and sanitized before being distributed (cleaning process is different based upon if there are pets in the home).

A recommended sewing pattern, along with suggested cloth materials, can be found on our the Van Wert Health website: http://www.vanwerthospital.org/community/covid-19