Prince George’s County hospital needs elastic bands to make masks

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UM Prince George’s Hospital Center needs elastic bands to make face masks. (Courtesy Thomas Dernoga via Twitter)

A Prince George’s County, Maryland, hospital now seeks public donations of elastic fabric to make face masks as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has personal protective equipment in short supply across the country.

Council member Thomas E. Dernoga said in an email that UM Prince George’s Hospital Center needs elastic bands to make facial masks for staff in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The elastic bands have to be unused and 1/4 inches in width.

To donate, contact Dernoga at, and one of the members of his team will pick them up. Package the elastic bands in a resealable plastic bag and place the bag in your mailbox or outside your door.

So far, about 87 masks have been made because of donations across the Prince George’s County.

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NOTE: This story was updated on March 28, 2020, to clarify that the hospital seeks donations of elastic fabric.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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