Inmates making masks for health care workers

WICOMICO- The Wicomico County Detention Center is doing its part to try and help health care workers, during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Wicomico County Department of Corrections assembled a team of inmates to sew protective masks with the help of Red Doors Community Center.

These masks use MERV-13 filters combined with carbon sheeting to mirror the efficiency of N-95 respirators.

We’re told these masks are much needed right now as many hospitals are experiencing shortages.

“Shows the community that we are concerned and that we can do something to provide and help them through the difficult time for everybody,” Joann Johnson, Master Correctional Officer at Wicomico Co. Detention Center, said. “Also, it would give the female inmates confidence in themselves that they can actually go out and do something to help the community.”

We’re told inmates will begin making the masks Friday.

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