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CoxHealth is now accepting hospital masks from the public.

In addition to our existing supplies, CoxHealth is happy to accept both factory-made and home-sewn masks from the public. Factory-made masks will be used by providers in clinical areas. Home-sewn masks will be given to patients who are encouraged to wear a mask as they move about the community.  Home-sewn masks will also be used by staff in select departments at CoxHealth facilities. In Springfield, both factory and home-sewn masks may be dropped off at the CoxHealth Foundation, located at 3525 S. National Ave., Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Individuals donating masks may call 417-269-7150 and someone will come down and pick them up curbside. In other communities, masks may also be brought to any CoxHealth hospital facility. In Monett and Lamar, masks may be dropped off at the Emergency Departments. In Branson, they may be brought to the Outpatient entrance. 

Video Instructions for Masks

Written Instructions for Masks

Pattern folds and stitch lines do not need to be exact. Make three good pleats, the ties secured and the metal twist tie in place. It needs to work and hold, not be perfect.

Step 1

Cut out your fabric from the provided sheet.  It does NOT matter what color your sheet is.

Cut for each mask - single layer:

  • 1 rectangle (7” x 8”).  *NO TAPE on these or tape residue; cut around the tape
  • 2 strips (36” x ½”) *Tape on the strips is fine – just cut through it

Cut around any tape for rectangles. We do NOT want tape to be pulled off as it rips the sheet.  Tape on strips is okay.  (Cut any extra pieces you can and return them with the finished masks – we don’t want to waste material). 

Step 2

Place rectangle piece in front of you with 7" wide by 8" tall.

Fold the top edge over about ½” with one of the long strips inserted in the fold. Then stitch close to the raw edge to form a pocket for the metal twist tie. The long strip should be centered on the top of the mask giving it a length on each end to tie around the face. 

Step 3

Bend (fold) the metal wire in half and flatten. *DO NOT use any other metal wire except what is provided. This one has been approved by the hospital and will sterilize in their machines. 

Step 4

Insert the metal twist tie into the pocket, center it and stitch the sides closed.

Step 5

Fold three pleats in the mask as shown on the CDC pattern below and sew each side of the mask to hold the pleats.

Metal rod should be at the top of the mask and three pleats should fold down from the top.

Step 6

Fold the bottom edge over about ½” with one of the long strips inserted in the fold. Then stitch close to the raw edge catching the strip in the seams. The long strip should be centered on the mask giving it a length on each end to tie around the face. 

Step 7

Finished dimensions should be roughly 3 /12” x 7 “.  Place all finished masks back in a bag and return to a drop off location. See Facebook group (Ozarks Face Masks for Hospitals – Sewing) for locations and times.  Also, drop off any extra cut out patterns at time of drop off. 

  • Thread can be any color.  Multipurpose thread works well. 
  • Any tips, please post on Facebook for other people to see.
  • Any questions, please reach out on Facebook for help. 

Mask Example


Mask Pattern