Jackson Hole Community Mask Project and Ways to Help St. John’s Health

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Jackson Hole Community Mask Project and Ways to Help St. John’s Health

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Jackson, we need your help!

To date we have received over 2,000 masks!!!!  Amazing work Jackson!

We are asking Jackson Hole community members to help protect patients and health care workers at St. John’s Health. By creating or donating personal protective equipment, like masks, our dedicated hospital workers can keep fighting the spread of COVID-19.

With a national shortage of PPE due to the coronavirus disease outbreak, community members can help in a variety of ways:

  1. Sewing standard masks: Cloth or Surgical Wrap, Ties and Loops
  2. Donating unused medical PPE like masks, gloves, face shields
  3. Donating materials like cotton fabric and sewing supplies
    *St. John’s Health will provide the surgical wrap to anyone who wants to make masks and gowns. Materials will be located inside the main hospital vestibule starting April 13th. Please only take what you can actually make as we can’t accept back scraps of materials once they have left the hospital.

St. John’s Health is asking for two styles of homemade fabric masks from our community as we continue to prepare for COVID-19. Thank you so much for your interest and care.

Style #1: Standard Mask: *Please wash cotton material before you make your masks so the material has already shrunk prior to you making the mask*Any community member can create a standard mask! Emergency Department RN Keegan Pfeil has started a grass-roots effort to recruit community members’ help in making standard medical masks. Keegan’s JH Community Mask Project hopes to create masks for donation to St. John’s Health. Masks will also go to other health providers in the community and region. Click here to download the PDF pattern and instructions.  Links to instructional videos are included in the PDF.  We recommend reading the instructions before watching the videos as some modifications have been made.

Contact Joni Upsher at the St. John’s Volunteer Office with questions at jupsher@tetonhospital.org.

Style #2: Surgical Wrap Mask- * Please pick up blue material from the front of the hospital for these masks.  DO NOT WASH.  These masks will be sterilized by the hospital.*

We are asking community members to make surgical wrap masks.  The material for these masks can be picked up at the front entrance of the hospital. Please only take the amount of surgical wrap you think you will use.  We are also asking to please make the tails  2 inches longer on each tie.  

Click here to view the instructions for making the surgical wrap masks.  Click here to watch a video on how to make these masks. (Please use the blue material provided by St. John’s Health to make these).

Drop Off:
Please deliver masks at the main hospital entrance at the temperature monitoring station. The station is open daily from 7am-7pm. A box is there for mask collection. This is also where donations of n95 masks, commercial masks, standard face masks, medical and commercial goggles and face shields, gloves, and unopened bottles of sanitizer are being accepted.

Cleaning and Distribution:
All masks will be laundered at St. John’s Health before use or distribution.

For more information contact JH Community Mask Project at jhcommunitymaskproject@gmail.com and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

*Fabric masks are not being used in the care of COVID-19 patients, according to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. Fabric masks can be helpful in other areas of patient care as supplies of PPE are depleted and we are using them in accordance with our internal use guidelines and for patients, families, and visitors. *

Homemade Mask Usage/Cleaning

Wearing a mask while going out in public could help to protect the community from viral spread.

Wearing a homemade mask will not prevent you from acquiring COVID and does not replace the need for proper distancing, hand hygiene, and stay at home guidelines.

Always wear your face mask in the same orientation, i.e., you should always have the same side facing outward (the contaminated side).

Face masks should be machine-washed with hot water and soap. Wash frequently to eliminate any residual flu particles, which may be contaminating the outside of the mask.

Remove your mask by taking the straps from the back of your head and pull forward — do not touch the material part of the mask.

Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you touch your mask ie taking it on/off, adjusting it.

Please click here for CDC Guidelines for mask usage.

Other ways you can help!

The St. John’s Health Foundation has launched a COVID-19 Response Fund in support of St. John’s Health employees and their families affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Foundation Board voted on March 19th to seed the COVID-19 Response Fund with an initial contribution of $50,000 from the Foundation’s unrestricted funds. The Foundation is hopeful that additional donations will be received. Given the evolving nature of the situation, the fund has pledged to be flexible and work to ensure that St. John’s Health employees and families will receive emergency funds with a minimal amount of red tape.

If you would like to donate to the COVID-19 Response fund, please click here.

Send a card, picture or letter to Living Center Residents
While residents of St. John’s Living Center cannot accept visitors, they would love to hear from you. Please consider mailing a hand-written letter, poem, story, or picture to the residents to bring joy during a time of isolation.

Letters can be addressed to:

St. John’s Living Center
C/O Connie Hansen
Post Office Box 3067
Jackson, WY 83001

Quarantine Cuisine
Over the past week, Cynthia Hogan has collaborated with Gavin Fine of Fine Dining Restaurant Group to launch Quarantine Cuisine. Starting Wednesday, April 15, Quarantine Cuisine will deliver meals and groceries to individuals in mandatory or self-imposed quarantine due to confirmed exposure to COVID-19.

Cynthia Hogan, the founder of Quarantine Cuisine, says that she realized the need thanks to the ongoing COVID Food Insecurity Calls. The calls bring together all the organizations with clients in need of meals and that revealed that a number of the existing non-profits were already stretched thin.

She says, “Residents across Teton County don’t have enough groceries—and need access to comforting, hot meals delivered to their quarantine location.” Sometimes that location is their home, sometimes that has to be a hotel room to ensure the health and safety of their families.

When Teton County Public Health notifies individuals about mandatory quarantine, they will also notify them about Quarantine Cuisine. Individuals who are under self-imposed quarantine due to chronic disease or other health concerns are also welcomed. Customers can get on-line at JHfoodhelp.com and fill in a short intake form to place orders for prepared meals or bags of groceries. Payment is offered on a sliding scale: customers can pay in full or make a contribution according to what they can comfortably afford. Payments and metrics will be handled by Fine Dining. Funds will go back into Quarantine Cuisine to pay for staff time, food preparation, deliveries, and groceries. The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole provided a grant to launch the program, and The Whole Quarantine provided funds to support Fine Dining’s workforce as they work on Quarantine Cuisine.

To apply for Quarantine Cuisine, please click here.

For more information please click here!

 

Keegan Pfeil, JH Community Mask Project Founder

I moved to Jackson, Wyoming from Washington State in 2002, to follow my passion for the mountains and snowboarding. I had originally planned on being here for only one winter but like most, quickly fell in love with everything Jackson has to offer.

In 2006, I graduated from nursing school and have worked at St. John’s Health ever since! You will currently find me working in the emergency room where I have been for six years.

In 2015, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join Teton County Search and Rescue. SAR is a perfect blend of my passion for adventure, the outdoors and my devotion to medicine and helping others.

I have seen first hand, working in the emergency room, during this Covid-19 pandemic the importance of proper personal protective gear and, most importantly, masks. With a global shortage of masks, I wanted to bring our amazing community together to help. Through this community-wide mask campaign, I hope we will be able to protect not only the health care providers in Jackson and the surrounding areas, but our community as a whole. In order to keep our community safe, it is imperative we protect the health of our front line workers. Please join us in this project!

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