DENVER (CBS4) — You’ve heard about the shortage of personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic. Now a hospital in Denver is asking volunteers to sew masks for people who have or may have COVID-19. National Jewish Health posted a pattern and instructions for the type of mask they’d prefer to have.

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“Due to the current mask shortage, we may choose to give homemade masks to those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 to lower the risk that they will spread the disease to others; to people who are not infected but want to reduce the risk of contracting the disease; or to people who have no symptoms but they may be infected and spreading germs,” the website states.

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(credit: National Jewish Health)

“We recommend 2-layer 100% cotton. This material has a 70% filtering efficiency, versus 96% in surgical masks. There is a good balance between filtering and breathability of this material,” the website states.

Download mask instructions here.

Download the mask pattern here.

Please complete this packing slip with your donation.

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Where to Send Masks:

National Jewish Health
ATTN: Valerie Fitzpatrick, Central Services Manager
1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80206

Where to Drop Off Masks:

Valet Parking Desk at Main Entrance *
1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80206
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

* Please be sure to use the new temporary entrance off of 14th Street because of construction. View new entrance on map.

For questions about making masks, please email

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