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ST. LOUIS - Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri announced today it is asking supporters to make and donate cloth masks for patients when they visit Planned Parenthood health centers. The safety of patients and staff are the top priority for Planned Parenthood, and health centers are taking additional steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by implementing universal masking at health centers.

“For Planned Parenthood supporters looking for a way to stay engaged and help patients during this pandemic, donating cloth masks is a terrific way to make an impact,” said Angie Postal, PPSLRSWMO Vice President of Public Policy, Education and Community Engagement. “Supporters stepping up to make masks will help our health centers continue providing the quality care people need, while also doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

The CDC is advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional public health measure. Planned Parenthood is implementing this initiative in order to contribute to community efforts to slow the spread.

To donate masks, supporters can email Planned Parenthood’s community engagement staff at [email protected]. The organization is collecting masks for centers in the St. Louis Metro area as well as Southwest Missouri.

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Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri has provided high-quality, supportive health care in the region since 1932. They are the area leaders in sexual and reproductive health care, providing contraception, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, education and more to tens of thousands of people each year.