As Mankato Clinic continues to provide essential, urgent, elective and preventive healthcare and procedures, Get Mankato PPE has delivered 5,000 hand-sewn cloth masks to give to patients who come to the clinic for care. Get Mankato PPE will deliver a supply of masks to Mankato Clinic each week.

Supplying nonmedical-grade masks to patients is an important safety measure in patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearing cloth face masks helps prevent the spread of the virus, especially when people are not experiencing symptoms. The person wearing the mask protects others from the virus.

Get Mankato PPE, a non-profit making masks and personal protective equipment, has been instrumental in purchasing materials, mobilizing volunteers, raising funds and supplying masks throughout the region. The Mankato Clinic Foundation awarded Get Mankato PPE a $5,000 grant to support this community effort.

“We want to thank Get Mankato PPE and all of the local volunteers who are making hand-sewn masks for our patients to wear in the clinic. We advise our patients to keep these masks as a limited supply of free masks are available in our community. We ask people to wear them when they return to our clinics as well as in other public settings such as the grocery store, garden center and retail stores,” said Dr. Andrew Lundquist, Mankato Clinic Chief Medical Officer.

At Mankato Clinic, all providers and staff are wearing masks and appropriate personal protective equipment. Upon patient arrival, a greeter screens each patient and caregiver for COVID-19 symptoms, takes their temperature and gives them a mask if they are not wearing one.

“Wearing a mask is one of the best ways we can take care of each other. When you wear a mask, you are protecting others. Masks show consideration and respect for our vulnerable neighbors,” Dr. Lundquist said.

A cloth face mask should fit snugly against the face, cover the nose and mouth, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric and allow for breathing without restriction. Masks should be routinely washed in cold or warm water in a washing machine and dried on low heat. Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing. Masks can be made from a bandana, old T-shirt or hand-sewn. Visit the CDC website for instructions.

Individuals may request a mask from [email protected]. Type the number of masks needed in the subject line, name and contact number in the email. Orders are filled free of charge. Donations are appreciated. To donate or volunteer for Get Mankato PPE, visit www.getmankatoppe.com.