LGH has clarified this information this morning, because of some incorrect assumptions.
The homemade masks are only for PATIENTS. They are not being used for health care professionals who are working with patients, a spokeswoman said.
"These masks will be used by PATIENTS who are tested for COVID-19 but sent home pending results. Test patients are sent home with masks and strict home quarantine instructions. Our regular PPE is designated for patient-facing healthcare workers," a statement reads.
Here's the original story:
Lafayette General Health has an idea for local makers who want to help amid the coronavirus outbreak, but aren't quite sure how.
If this describes you, officials are asking you to consider making a mask for yourself, family members, neighbors, or a patient.
LGH has shared instructions and a pattern for creating the masks on their website here.
If you'd like to donate to a patient and you live in the Lafayette area, LGH says A&A Sewing Center and Lola Pink Fabrics are drop-off stations.
For those outside Lafayette city limits, a point person has been designated for each hospital.
If interested, message LGH on their Facebook page.