COVID-19 PPE Donations

(updated 7.28.20)

We continue to be humbled by the ongoing support from local businesses and community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Words can not express our appreciation. Though we still are in need of PPE supplies such as n95 small face masks and disposable gowns, the following represents homemade PPE that we still need to support patient care:

  1. Homemade ear-loop face masks

We Need Your Help – Donate Homemade Ear-Loop Face Masks

Oneida Health is actively seeking donations of homemade ear-loop face masks to help support our newly expanded visitation polices. These face masks will be provided to visitors who do not have the means to provide their own masks while allowing us maintain our own inventory of purchased face mask for future patient care. (updated 7.28.20)

Why specifically ear-loop? We have received a variety of homemade face masks during the past three months. Though the tie string masks provide the benefit of custom sizing, they do not launder well. Many times they wrap or tangle with other masks to a degree where we are unable to free them. Often leading to them being discarded.

From all of us at Oneida Health, thank you for your support and efforts to keep our community safe and healthy! Your assistance is greatly, and humbly appreciated from all of us.

How to Make Homemade Ear-Loop Face Masks:

While fabric masks are not a perfect substitute for industry grade masks, they can be an important tool in extending the life and supply of our current respirator masks. We are looking for both 2-PLY and 3-PLY masks to be donated. We will graciously accept either. The following are how-to instructions.

How to Donate Items:

Donations can be dropped off at the hospital main entrance Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Oneida Health Hospital
321 Genesee Street
Oneida, NY 13421

Our security team at the front desk will be happy to accept them.

  • Please double bag all donated items.
  • Please include the Name(s), Phone Number, and Address of the individual or individuals who contributed to the donation (optional, but appreciated!)

All homemade face masks will be sterilized prior to use.

For Questions:

Please submit any questions you may have in the form below. We are also happy to hear from you if you have any suggestions which may improve the efforts of others based on our “how-to” instructions above. We will typically respond within one business day to any submitted questions. If you have an immediate need, please call 315-361-2300.