Brandy Maslowski has been creating fabric masks for care workers to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first order, for staff at a Summerland facility, will be worn to extend the life of the N95 masks. (Contributed)

Summerland care facility orders reusable masks

Okanagan Valley quilters ready to produce cloth masks if needed

Quilters in the Okanagan Valley have been making masks for a care home in Summerland and for some nurses in the area.

Brandy Maslowski, a Summerland quilter, recently put out the call for quilters to help create the fabric masks to help medical workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ ALSO: Summerland quilter ready to produce reusable face masks

READ ALSO: ‘Different than anything we’ve ever seen’: How B.C. paramedics are responding to COVID-19

The idea from the masks came from the Just Wanna Quilt group on Facebook, where Maslowski is a member.

She said a mask with two layers of cotton cloth would be 50 per cent as effective as the N95 surgical masks.

Tea towel fabric offers better protection, but is not as breathable as cotton.

Maslowski said the first order for 12 masks was for staff at Prairie Valley Lodge in Summerland. Staff at the care facility had asked for the masks to wear over their N95 masks to prolong their use.

Four quilting guilds in Summerland, Penticton and Kelowna are willing to make the masks if necessary.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Parts of the KVR through Princeton will open to motorized vehicles Monday

Parts of the KVR trail through Princeton will open for motorized vehicles… Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Revisiting alcohol consumption

A proposal to allow alcohol consumption in some public spaces in Penticton deserves consideration

Princeton schools ready to open Monday

Parents are must now decide whether their children will go back to… Continue reading

Be prepared for high water, says RDOS

Higher than average water detected around the Ashnola Rover and Similkameen River

Poll: Should Penticton allow drinks on the beach?

Legally drinking in some Penticton parks and beaches could become a reality as early as June 5

Only four new COVID-19 cases, 228 active across B.C.

Health officials watching as activities ramp up

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

North Okanagan farmers’ markets excited to welcome artisans back amid COVID-19

Provincial health officer announced non-food items to return to markets this weekend

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

COVID cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a BC mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Mother duck and babies rescued from Highway 97 in Lake Country

The mother and nine ducklings were taken to Duck Lake

Chef brings farm-to-table approach to new Shuswap restaurant

Darren Bezanson opening Bistro 1460 at Hilltop Inn

Trudeau acknowledges racial unrest in U.S.; ‘We also have work to do in Canada’

‘Anti-black racism, racism, is real; it’s in the United States, but it’s also in Canada,’ Trudeau says

Most Read