Sewing Masks

A group of seniors who sew are giving back to the community in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Volunteers joined together Tuesday morning with a daunting task: mending thousands of unused N-95 masks. The masks are preferred by medical professionals and anyone in close proximity to people who may be infected with coronavirus because they block more contaminants than an average surgical mask.

Sewers are replacing flawed elastic straps on the masks, ensuring the masks won’t slip off someone’s face during use. There’s nothing wrong with the masks themselves.

<a href=”https://www.tuscaloosacountyema.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency</a> Director Nick Lolley said he estimates the mending will take a few weeks. Once repaired, the masks will be available to locals on the front lines of the pandemic.

“We need to keep our front line people, our police officers, hospitals, firemen, our nursing homes healthy, because those are the people out here fighting every day to keep this virus down,” Lolley said. “Not only that, they have families. We don’t need it going home to their babies, wives and husbands.”

Roughly 19,000 masks are being repaired.

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