How to Make Masks for VA Health Care Workers - VA Northern California Health Care System
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How to Make Masks for VA Health Care Workers



How to Make Masks for VA Health Care Workers

THANK YOU!

To the Northern California community: Thank you for helping VA NorCal’s health care workers safely care for local Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only do we provide care to thousands of Veterans each day, but nearly half of the VA NorCal staff are Veterans themselves. By making and/or donating masks, you are partnering with us in keeping our Veterans and health care workers safe.

MASK INSTRUCTIONS

  • Please follow this link to download detailed instructions on how to make a mask.
  • Be sure to use fabric that is 100% cotton (tightly woven for the front, flannel or other soft 100% cotton for the back). If you have any doubts about the content of your fabric, please don’t use it.
  • Please prewash all fabric with hot water, and dry on high heat. This step is to ensure pre-shrinkage. Area providers will sanitize the masks.
  • Please note the instructions involve the use of elastic, which can be hard to come by. As an alternative, you can use fabric ties (self-made ties, twill tape), one in each of the four corners. Each tie should have a finished length of 18 inches. Head to the instructions link for outlines how to make fabric ties.

DROP-OFF INSTRUCTIONS

Please call either of the numbers, below, for guidance on dropping off donated masks. We are establishing drop-off locations at most of our locations, which you can find on the left-hand column of our homepage.

Phone: 916-366-5372

Alternate number: 916-817-7574