March 26, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – As was previously released, Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is actively preparing for a surge in patient volumes and has developed a surge plan, as required by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). This plan, submitted to the NYSDOH yesterday, outlines how MVHS will surge St. Luke’s to 100 percent of its current census and St. Elizabeth to 75 percent of its current census. This surge will add a total of 314 additional beds to the system.
Along with the rest of the nation, MVHS is in need of PPE supplies. And the community has made their willingness to help known. For that reason, MVHS is asking those who are looking to help to make cloth masks that can be used by those not providing direct patient care.
The materials needed to create a mask are cotton fabric, elastic (or ribbon if elastic is unavailable), thread and a sewing machine.
If you are in need of materials, JoAnn’s Fabrics, located at 120 Genesee Street, New Hartford, is offering free fabric mask-making supply kits. Orders can be made for curbside pick up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. When you arrive at the store, call 315-733-4969 and tell the person on the phone you would like a kit. The kit will have enough materials for ten masks. Once all ten masks are sewn, they can be brought back to JoAnn’s for distribution to MVHS. Then, a person may receive another kit of materials to create more masks.
If you are unable to get a kit at JoAnn’s, the following stores offer the materials needed for shipment to your home (links to the appropriate materials are included):
Cotton fabric: www.michaels.com/search?q=cotton%20fabric
Bobbins and Thread: www.michaels.com/loops-and-threads-reusable-bobbins-assorted-colors/1034...
Cotton fabric: www.hobbylobby.com/search/?text=cotton+fabric
Walmart (curbside pickup is available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day however, local Walmart locations are low on mask supplies):
Cotton Fabric: www.walmart.com/search/?query=cotton%20fabric
Sewing instructions can be found on the MVHS website here: http://mvhealthsystem.org/coronavirus. Those looking to make a donation should call 315-624-5574 and more information will be provided.
For updates related to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, visit https://mvhealthsystem.org/coronavirus.