Our group formed in late March 2020 to meet an initial goal of providing 1000 reusable cloth masks to provide protection against transmission of COVID-19. These masks are for patients and their caregivers coming into the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Emergency Department to protect them - and others - by reducing disease transmission. We also provide our masks to Emergency Department support staff so that medical-grade masks can be preserved for providers giving direct patient care.
As of 10/1/2020, we have provided over 15,000 masks to patients, Emergency Department staff and Emergency Medicine residents.
These reusable cloth masks are used as source control, to contain droplets that an asymptomatic or symptomatic person may spread by coughing, sneezing, clearing their throat, etc., which contaminate surfaces and infect other people. The masks also reduce transmission by keeping mask wearers from touching their nose or mouth and becoming infected.
It has been amazing and deeply gratifying to see how people have pulled together. We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of supplies, cutting and sewing skills and unsolicited financial contributions.
We intend to keep producing masks and donating them as long as the need exists, and right now, that need is growing.
August 2020 Mask Design Update
As mask designs have evolved and supplies have become more available, we have designed a new resusable mask called the Breathe EZ mask.
The Breathe EZ mask is made from a medical grade, 100% polypropolene pressed fabric that when compared to a typical cotton mask is:
All these benefits lead to more comfort for the wearer and hopefully, more compliance!
In addition, the Breathe EZ is easier to make, sizing is more standardized and construction takes 1/2 the time of our initial design (the Dart mask).
Feedback on the Breathe EZ has been positive and we will produce these as long as the demand continues for us to serve our community through HCMC.
We are grateful to our team for making the switch to the Breathe EZ design and continuing to donate their time and efforts to this important effort to help stop Covid-19.
Your financial contribution will provide much-needed funds to purchase supplies and offset the costs of producing masks.
Contributions of any amount are welcome and can be made on this site by clicking the DONATE button below
by sending us a check made payable to:
MN Masks On
P.O. Box 273
Maple Plain, MN 55359
If you can sew and have access to a sewing machine, we need you on our volunteer team. We will provide all supplies. Please contact us!
You are also welcome to use our Dart Mask pattern and instructions to make masks for yourself, your family and your community. Our goal is get masks on Minnesotans!