Community's mask story:
"When Corona first hit in March we closed Community to help limit the spread of the virus in Athens, not knowing what this will mean for our business. We read about PPE shortages in hospitals around the country, so we contacted an Athens hospital about sewing reusable fabric face masks for their medical staff and patients. We were ready to put our machines and skills to use to help out with what is really needed at this time. Everything needed to happen fast, so we quickly started a GoFundMe campaign to cover the cost of production. Since then we have raised over $10000, sewn and delivered more than 5000 masks to the hospital. Many volunteers offered to sew for free, which helped us to stretch these funds even further, while we were also able to keep our seamstresses employed during the shut-down.
"In an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), CDC reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities. There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
"'We are not defenseless against COVID-19,' said CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield. 'Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.'