Making protective gear for healthcare workers in Whatcom

Amid a dangerous shortage of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bellingham Makerspace and RE Sources are seeking people to help make DIY gowns in the coming weeks — or donate supplies. | April 2, 2020

Protect medical workers

Shortages of Personal Protective Equipment, like masks and gowns, put our medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic at greater risk. Join Bellingham Makerspace and RE Sources to help make DIY gowns in the coming weeks — or donate supplies.

On April 1st, federal officials reported that the national stockpile of equipment for healthcare workers is nearly gone. We’re tackling the problem locally with a volunteer-run production facility to make protective gowns out of Tyvek construction wrap for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center workers.

Prototype DIY gown

PeaceHealth has approved this effort, and the workspace is following all social distancing and sanitation rules. PeaceHealth has not run out of gowns, but we can help ensure they always have enough by making these back-up supplies.

Sign up to assemble Tyvek gowns at Bellingham Makerspace. This form includes the option to get a do-it-yourself kit to make gowns from home if you are strictly limiting your outings. If you can donate supplies, let us know in the form as well!

Stay up-to-date on community efforts to help with the COVID-19 crisis, and ongoing work to protect our local communities at Thank you for your interest in protecting our neighbors who work in the medical field!

Protect medical workers