FWLHD Helping Provide Reusable Face Masks to Protect Regional and Remote Communities
The laundry team at Broken Hill Health Service have once again rolled up their sleeves to make reusable face masks for our remote residents within Far West LHD to help protect against COVID-19.
About 500 washable face masks - featuring different colours and designs - will be made for distribution to community members in our regional and remote communities.
The masks are being made by the laundry staff at Broken Hill Health Service and will be provided free to people in those communities in the District where they may be having difficulties in readily sourcing face masks.
'Since being asked about two weeks ago if they can help, the laundry staff have already created 100 masks which will be distributed to our remote communities, starting in Wilcannia,' said Ms Denise McCallum, General Manager Remote Health Services, Far West LHD.
'This is an absolutely fantastic effort and we are very grateful for all their hard work, which is on top of their normal laundry duties. Making free, usable face masks available to our community members will help protect them and their loved ones against COVID-19,' said Ms McCallum.
Regional NSW is currently under a Public Health Order for COVID-19 which includes the wearing of face masks is mandatory in a number of settings, including visiting their local health services and other public buildings and private businesses.
Troy McKenna, District Manager Support Services, said he was proud that the laundry team didn't hesitate to produce the usable masks.
'The Support Services team fielded a call from our General Manager, Remote Health Service Denise McCallum in need of help. Within a week the Laundry team had sprung into action and produced 50 masks in the first week to disseminate to our remote communities, and since then another 50. We have a target of 500 masks - another 400 to go,' he said.