CHI Health Nebraska Heart gives reusable masks

Just days ahead of Lincoln's mask mandate, a local hospital has found a way to recycle, reuse, and possibly save lives.

At CHI Health Nebraska Heart, nurses and physicians gave out thousands of masks this Saturday morning.
“This is something that we use every day in the operating room and so it’s nice to be able to reuse something that actually benefits people in the community,” said Lauren Nitz, a Nebraska Heart physician.
CHI Health used sterile hospital fabrics, making masks to help people slow the spread of COVID-19. Masks were passed out at Nebraska Heart and locations in Omaha on Saturday.
“These masks here, are made of the same material that we use to wrap sterile surgical equipment in, and so they are able to be washed and reused,” said Nitz.
Officials say its a coincidence that the event is right on time, as this comes after Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced masks will be required in all indoor public spaces. One recipient says he is thankful for the reusable face coverings, as he is more prone to suffer from the illness.
“I have the underlying conditions with heart and cancer, and masks mean the world of a difference to us and for our family,” said Jack Malicky.
Another says she respects the upcoming mandate and the CHI masks will help.
“I do not think that it is a nuisance and I think that’s it’s being responsible,” said Jane Amen. “For safety, not only for my family and me, but also for the other people who may be around.”
“I personally think its a very simple thing that we can do, ” adds Nitz. “Applying a mask, wearing it when we are out doing regular day to day activities. So, if we can do something easy that way to prevent the spread, I think its definitely something that we should all consider doing.”


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