Summerville residents sew fabric masks to protect against COVID-19

Dorchester County News

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCBD) – Angela Humphries is a Summerville resident who has a passion for sewing.

She said COVID-19 has slowed down her sewing business called ‘Sew Fabulous,’ which, during this time of year, Angela says she is often meeting the demand for prom dress tailorings.

But she’s meeting another demand for another item she’s been making.

For the last week, Angela and other members of the community have been making handmade fabric masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The masks have been going to law enforcement officers, local health care workers, and nursing home workers.

Non-medical staff workers in hospitals have been using these masks as an extra layer of protection.

Employees that work with elderly people who could be susceptible to the virus have also purchased these masks as a layer of protection.

“It’s something for people who don’t have a mask who aren’t necessarily dealing with sick people but people in nursing homes it’s a little bit of protection for the staff and for the patients,” said Humphries.

However, hospitals in the Lowcountry say they cannot accept fabric masks as donations because the items do not meet guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control.

They say that they will let the public know if these guidelines change.

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