COOKEVILLE – Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has begun their “3,000 in 3 Weeks Face Mask Challenge” and is asking the community to partner with them in donating 3,000 cloth masks by June 1.
In late April, CRMC asked all patients coming to the medical center, or any of its locations, to wear their own facemasks if they have one. If they do not, a cloth face mask will be provided for them when they come in although supplies are limited and donations are needed. This request from CRMC is the result of recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in advising individuals to wear a face mask anytime they are out in the public.
“With everyone being required to wear a mask when entering the medical center, the need for cloth face masks continues to rise,” said Paul Korth, CEO. “We have more patients coming to the medical center now that elective surgeries have resumed and the reopening of some of our outpatient services has taken place. Having cloth face masks donated allows us to provide a mask to those patients if they do not have one while still preserving PPE for our staff.”
Cookeville Regional Medical Center has a website for those interested in making masks: www.crmchealth.org/how-donate-hand-sewn-masks-supplies. The medical center also has donation boxes outside the main North Tower Entrance and East Entrance where drop-offs can be made.
“We have an outstanding community and we need their help. We know, together, we can meet this goal. Together we are all better and we are grateful for our community’s support and help,” added Korth.