Essentia Health donating 20,000 face masks

After the City of Duluth voted Monday to make face masks mandatory inside public buildings, Essentia Health is excited to play its part in bolstering compliance.

Essentia is donating 20,000 masks to local organizations, with the majority going to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank and the Duluth Branch of the NAACP.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Essentia has benefited greatly from generous members of our community who have sewn and donated homemade masks. These face coverings have helped protect our patients and staff, and the astounding response put us in a strong position to “pay it forward.”

“Following the overwhelming support we received, we’ve been looking for ways to give back and repay that generosity within our communities, and this is a wonderful opportunity,” said Dr. Jon Pryor, president of Essentia Health’s East Market. “We’re excited to be donating 20,000 face masks as a way to help limit the spread of this virus.”

These “procedure masks” — which differ slightly from handsewn cloth masks — can be used indefinitely unless soiled or otherwise damaged. However, it is recommended that after each use they be placed in a paper bag for at least five days.

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