ProMedica Bay Park Hospital distributes face masks

Press Staff Writer

        It might be called a cover-up of the good kind.
        On Dec. 4, ProMedica Bay Park Hospital held a public mask giveaway to help encourage community safety and proper face mask hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic.
        One hundred sixty-three adjustable cloth masks were given out to Bay Park employees, patients and visitors at the event, and plans call for the distribution to continue.
        The giveaway was a way for the hospital to encourage proper mask hygiene and to supply the community with masks, according to ProMedica Bay Park President Thad Wadsworth.
        “In these uncertain times, the medical professionals on the campus of ProMedica Bay Park Hospital are grateful for our patients’ and community support. Giving away these masks was a token of our appreciation,” he said.
        The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer these tips for proper use, storage and cleaning of cloth face masks:
        • Make sure to remove your mask correctly by untying the strings behind your head or stretching the ear loops. Handle the mask only by the ear loops or ties. Fold outside corners together. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.
        • Store wet or dirty masks in a plastic bag. If your mask is wet or dirty from sweat, saliva, make-up or other liquids or substances, keep it in a sealed plastic bag until you can wash it. Wash wet or dirty masks as soon as possible to prevent them from becoming moldy. Wet masks can be hard to breathe through and are less effective than dry masks.
        • Store masks that are not wet or dirty in a dry, breathable bag like a paper or mesh fabric bag. When reusing your mask, keep the same side facing out.
        • If you are taking off your mask to eat or drink outside of your home, you can place it somewhere safe to keep it clean, such as your pocket, purse, or paper bag. Make sure to wash or sanitize your hands after removing your mask. After eating, put the mask back on with the same side facing out. Be sure to wash or sanitize your hands again after putting your mask back on.
        • Wash your cloth mask after each use. In the washing machine, it’s safe to include your mask with your regular laundry, using regular laundry detergent and the appropriate settings according to the fabric label.
        When washing by hand, wash your mask with tap water and laundry detergent or soap. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
        Masks may be dried in the dryer on a warm or hot setting, or hang or lay flat to air dry.
        • Disposable masks should be thrown away after each use.
        • Consider having more than one mask on hand so that you can easily replace a dirty mask with a clean one.
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