“That was a huge relief,” she said. “In the beginning, we were thinking we wouldn’t have many masks, and we were kind of worried.”
She said it’s virtually impossible to discern any difference between the retrofitted N95s and the units that come directly from the factory. Both are clean and function the same way.
“They just seem like masks,” she said. “You can’t tell there is anything different about them.”
The community’s support for the respirator sewing initiative, donations of food, church-led hospital parking lot prayer vigils and other efforts have lifted spirits within Tidelands Health as the not-for-profit organization battles the COVID-19 pandemic, said Ranee Pender, director of clinical care at Tidelands Georgetown.
“The sense of community is overwhelmingly positive,” Pender said. “Spirits are high, and we are extremely grateful.”