In early March, Seattle, WA, was the epicenter of the US COVID-19 pandemic. Providence St. Joseph Health had seen the first reported US case of COVID-19 on January 20  and quickly found itself responding to a growing crisis, with little information about how best to care for patients while protecting frontline staff.
On March 16, 2020, Providence System Library Services received an email from senior leadership with the subject line: “Urgent – An Unconventional Request.” We were asked to pause all other work to search for viable mask patterns that could be easily and quickly made at home by volunteers and to develop mock-ups of the best patterns.
Grinstead, Carrie; Martin, Heather J.; and Schwing (ed.), Laurie, "Clinical Support: An Unconventional Request – Providence’s 100 Million Masks Initiative" (2020). Articles, Abstracts, and Reports. 2982.