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Methodist Hospital workers receive face mask covers

Posted at 9:43 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 13:33:23-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Our nurses and doctors are on the front lines, putting themselves at risk. But thanks to a generous donation, 10,000 face mask covers are now in the hands of doctors and nurses at Methodist Hospital to help lower the risk.

They've been washed, sanitized, and hand delivered to protect doctors and nurses working so hard to protect everyone else.

"It's amazing how Omaha has stepped up to help," said Pam Koopman of Methodist. "Sewing, getting them where they needed to go, properly cleaned. We appreciate everybody, their effort and time."

The mask covers go over the face masks extending their life and lessening the chances of our health care professionals getting sick.

"Donating the cleaning of the masks was a no-brainer for us," Casey Maxwell of Max I. Cleaners said. "These masks will go through a rotating cycle at Methodist Hospital. As they are worn, they will be placed into a bin and will be cleaned on a rotating cycle until we can beat this virus and do it quickly."

Professional cleaning kills 99% of most germs and viruses. The masks can be used up to five times.

The group working out of Celtic Quilters, that made the masks, are already working on a second batch. They and Max I. Cleaners are looking to partner with other health care professionals in the area running short on face masks.