Published on May 04, 2020

Essentia Health needs your help with face masks - Detroit Lakes

Faced with a critical need for more face masks, Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes continues to need the public’s help to keep our patients and staff safe. We are truly grateful for the outpouring of support our community has shown us.

As we continue to fight COVID-19, more handmade cloth masks are needed to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. The virus is spread via droplet transmission, so it’s crucially important to cover as many mouths and noses as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages people to wear face coverings in public settings, especially where social distancing might not be possible.

Donations can be dropped off Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes clinic, located at 1027 Washington Avenue. Drivers are asked to follow signage and remain in their vehicle. Site staff will come to the vehicle to collect the donation. Staff will organize donations and make sure items are distributed to the appropriate people.

“We are so grateful for the kindness, generosity and talent of our community,” said Tonya Loken, community relations program manager at Essentia Health. “People are putting their heart and soul into handsewn masks that are vital to the health and safety of our colleagues and patients.”

See step-by-step instructions for preferred mask designs. 

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