Thank you so much for your interest and care. Orders for standard/disposable masks are on long back-orders, due to both demand and supply chain issues. Other hospitals across the country are reporting the same supply concerns. According to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.
“Prior to modern disposable masks, washable fabric masks were standard use for hospitals,” said Dr. Michael Lindberg, Chief Medical Officer for MCH. “We will be able to sterilize these masks and use them repeatedly as needed. While it’s less than ideal, we want to do our best to protect our staff and patients during this pandemic.”
A group of community volunteers have stepped up to coordinate this effort for MCH. If you are interested in sewing masks, the pattern and instructions can be found here.
If you have questions, please email or call Sadie Halliday at (603) 660-2321 or Sadie.Halliday@beangroup.com, or Cathy Maki at Cathy.Maki@mchmail.org.
PLEASE do not bring the masks directly to the hospital; we are trying to limit traffic as much as possible.
We are using five community drop off locations:
Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center (Aiken Street, Antrim)
First Service Title Company (Main Street, Jaffrey)
Peterborough Town Library (Concord Street in Peterborough)
Jaffrey Grade School and Rindge Memorial school (Conant Way, Jaffrey)
Each building has an overhang and there will be a container in which to leave the masks. The masks will be collected daily and delivered to the hospital. When you leave masks, could you please leave your name, address and phone number so that we may acknowledge your generous contribution.