Agape Nursing & Rehabilitation Center sewing masks, taking other precautions amid COVID-19

Becky Campbell • Mar 25, 2020 at 8:03 PM

 One local skilled nursing facility got a helping hand to make its own protective face masks in light of the projected scarcity of masks amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Melanie Fagan, patient liaison at Agape Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, said one of the facility staff members loves to sew and obtained a CDC-approved mask pattern. While the masks are not a replacement for N95 masks, these are made of a disinfect-able material that can be wiped down as well as be washed.

It’s not the only precaution Agape, just as many other facilities and businesses, has taken to protect the employees and patients.

Anyone entering the facility has their temperature taken and must answer a series of questions before being allowed inside. And while visitation is suspended for the time being residents are able to have visitors using Google Duo, Fagan said.

“Right now we are still allowing our chaplain and hospice workers in .... even EMS has to go through triage,” she said.

Fagan said Agape staff made five masks on the first day, but later got a call from Calvary Chapel on Locust Street offering to sew more masks. She said the homemade masks are important to protect staff and residents.

“It’s for the safety of our residents as well as our staff.” Fagan said. “The population we serve are at the most at-risk.”

Johnson City Press Videos