University Hospitals Working with Volunteers to Sew Surgical Masks

Friday, March 27, 2020

University Hospitals is grateful to all individuals and organizations willing to help our caregivers, patients and community during the COVID-19 crisis. With the expected surge in coronavirus-related cases, UH is taking critical steps to ensure the health safety and well-being of all those we serve.


UH has designed a uniform mask prototype that can be sewn by volunteers. This is a proactive way to assure the protection of our caregivers and patients under the most extreme situations.

These fabric masks are not intended for use by health care team members caring for COVID-19 positive patients. They will be made available to visitors to our facilities and caregivers who are not involved with direct patient care and are at low risk of catching COVID-19 from patients or transmitting it to others. UH will continue to follow CDC guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment.

UH has begun handing out kits to volunteers that contain supplies needed to sew and assemble 10 masks each. These kits are now available for drive-by pick-up and drop-off upon completion.

Beginning Tuesday March 31, we will begin our “full-time” schedule for kit pick-up and drop-off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. No appointments necessary.

Kits are available at the following locations:

  • UH Elyria Medical Center, main entrance valet
  • UH Geauga Medical Center, main entrance valet
  • UH Parma Medical Center, main entrance
  • UH Portage Medical Center, main entrance valet
  • UH Management Services Center, back entrance
It’s important for volunteers to follow the UH-specific design. More information about the pattern, materials and how to donate can be found at this website.

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