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Virus outbreak calls attention to lack of protective equipment

Jamie Nunes, a registered nurse and clinical services director for Broad Reach Hospice, sews a mask in the Conference room of the organization’s Chatham offices. Nunes said she found the mask pattern on the internet and adapted it. She said she has been making the masks, badly needed by healthcare workers during the coronavirus outbreak, at night, on weekends and sometimes at work.

Broad Reach Hospice administrator Carla Torres has a sewing machine set up in the Chatham office for anybody who wants to stitch up a protective mask during the day. “We are making them in the office, at our homes and (as) volunteers out in the community,” Torres said. Broad Reach staff members probably have made close to 50, and another 50 have been donated, Torres said. The pattern is posted on the website of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, said Maria C Mazzer, volunteer program director at Broad Reach. The pattern is being forwarded from friend to friend, “Mazzer said in an email. One woman told her she was using elastic from old fitted sheets for the ear loops.